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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Theories of Human Development for explaining
and exploring the major theories of human child development.

Theories of Human Development
Lectures by Professor Malcolm W. Watson

Theories of Human Development (2002)
24 lectures, 12 hours
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Have you ever wondered where the terms "terrible twos'' and "identity crisis" come from?

Did you know that the notion that children are different from adults, and require special care, is only about 200 years old?

Did you know we can trace most of our modern ideas about children to just two renowned thinkers of the 17th and 18th centuries?

These are just a few of the fascinating aspects of the field of "human development": the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. To a large extent, the study of human development is the study of child development, because the most significant changes take place from infancy through adolescence. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults.

In Theories of Human Development, Professor Malcolm W. Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field. You will meet the people who formulated each theory, become familiar with their philosophical backgrounds and the historical contexts in which they worked, and study the specific processes of human development that each theory describes.

Along the way, you will evaluate the strength and weaknesses of each theory. How do these six great theories complement or contradict one another? What do they tell us, as a whole, about human development?

Professor Malcolm W. Watson is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Social Science School Council at Brandeis University, where has taught for more than 25 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Denver. He received the first Michael Laban Walzer Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brandeis. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Introduction - The Value of Theories 13: How Nature Ensures That Attachment Will Occur
2: The Early History of Child Study 14: Development of Secure and Insecure Attachments
3: Two Worldviews - Locke vs. Rousseau 15: Early Attachments and Adult Relationships
4: Later History - Becoming Scientific 16: Bandura's Social Learning Theory
5: Freud's Psychodynamic Theory 17: Bandura's Self-Efficacy Theory
6: How We Gain Contact with Reality - The Ego 18: Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory
7: Freud's Psycho-Sexual Stages 19: Piaget's Early Stages
8: Erikson's Psycho-Social Theory 20: Concrete Operations
9: Erikson's Early Stages 21: Piaget's Last Stage
10: Identity and Intimacy 22: Vygotsky's Cognitive-Mediation Theory
11: Erikson's Later Stages - Adult Development 23: Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
12: Bowlby and Ainsworth's Attachment Theory 24: Conclusions - Our Nature and Development


Theories of Human Development
Lectures by Malcolm W. Watson

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Theories of Human Development for explaining
and exploring the major theories of human child development.