Discusses developmental theorists incl. Piaget & Vygotsky, Selman, Fiske, Newman & Newman. Key themes. Attitude development & attribution theory. Conflict resolution. New research.
While Freud was focused primarily on human emotional or psychological development, others have had other... more
While Freud was focused primarily on human emotional or psychological development, others have had other emphases. Eriksen looked at lifelong development in more social terms, and in terms of different types of developmental tasks. Kohlberg and Gilligan have explored development with an emphasis on morality and ethics. Fowler has looked at faith development. But one of the major developmental theorists of this century was focused on cognitive development; Piaget wanted to observe how children learned how to think in an adult way.
Cognition, or cognitive behavior, is defined as that activity involved with mentality, such as thought, language, intelligence, dreams, and fantasies (Etaugh and Rathus, 1995). Cognition is further defi