Developmental psychology is ‘the branch of psychology concerned with interaction between physical and psychological processes and with stages of growth from conception throughout the entire life span’
Kevin Gallagher 9/11/13 15:53 Comment:
(American Psychological Association, 2013) and web reference listed at end with APA as author. Excellent quote, though.
(http://www.apa.org/research/action/glossary.aspx#d). This essay will look at the implications and the relevance of developmental psychology for the modern Irish third level student. It will examine topics such as the nature versus nurture debate, prenatal development, attachment, parenting styles, the development of gender identity, adolescence, the midlife transition and old age. It will also assess the theories of important developmental psychologists such as Erikson, Piaget, and Kohlberg. It will outline how these subjects are relevant to the modern third level Irish student. Third level students in Ireland today are a varied group people, ranging from adolescents right up to people who are at the mid and later stages of adult life. One thing they all have in common, however, is that the issue of development is of great relevance to them all. If third level students fail to develop successfully throughout their time in college, they will have no hope of coping with the difficulties that life at third level education presents. Without development, third level students would be unable to find the right balance between getting involved in recreational activities and writing assignments and studying for exams. It is obvious, therefore, that the topic of development has many implications for the modern Irish third level student.
Kevin Gallagher 9/11/13 15:58 Comment:
This coiuld be phrased better: “Students are expected to develop in order to cope with the challenges of third level, for example. “No hope” seems very black and white.
Kevin Gallagher 9/11/13 16:01 Comment: