Unit I covers the fascinating world human development from a historical perspective. The nature/nurture controversy will be discussed, as will the scientific methods used to collect and analyze data. This unit will also cover a brief introduction and overview of the major theoretical perspectives, from Piaget’s Cognitive Theory to Erikson’s Emotional and Social Theory. Students will learn to apply these frameworks to the changes and continuities of the human lifespan.
As we begin to explore the biological beginnings, starting with preconception, we will examine known causes of infertility, risk factors associated with the pregnancy, and several known teratogens, or environmental causes of birth defects. We will explore the ever changing growth during the baby’s first year by examining the sensory development, which includes physical, social, and cognitive changes. This overview will set the stage for the exploration of milestones in Unit II, covering early childhood development through adolescence
Student Learning Outcomes
Below are a list of questions that should be considered as you read through the content and complete the activities
The Court’s Treatment of Substance-Abusing Pregnant Women Activity