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SPCL 7804 Human Development: Session 1: Unit 1 – Foundations

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7804 course.


Consider how your own development relates to some of the great debates in human development: a. Nature vs. Nurture; b. Discontinuity vs. Continuity; c. Critical (Sensitive) Periods and Neuroplasticity; d. Cultural Relativism vs. Universalism.


In this session we go over course requirements and team-based learning methodology. We will discuss the critical themes and issues in the study of human development. Students will get an overview of the major theories/theorists to be explored in the course: Erikson’s psychosocial stages; behaviorism; social learning theory; Piaget; Vygotsky; information-processing theories; Bronfenbrenner; Bowlby’s attachment theory; Ainsworth’s work on attachment styles; and Baumrind’s parenting styles, among others.

The session activities will consist of discussion, lecture, and application activities.


Text Ch. 1, pp.8-22 (Library linkPDF link)