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The following list provides examples of how the study of development
can enhance school practice. Each broad statement makes a point, and then
offers an example. Please provide your own example for each of the seven
statements and a short paragraph to explain each answer.
Statements about Development
|1. Apply a developmental framework to understand behavior.
||Children are property, and are to be seen and not
|2. Identify the sociohistorical, cultural
contexts that influence children's development.
||Children are more violent today because
of the influence of television.
|3. Apply developmental concepts to enhance personal
||Mary, a student with Downs syndrome,
talks to unseen people. And the teacher believes she may be hallucinating.
The psychologist knows that in many respects, Mary is behaving like
a child of four and recognizes that Mary is actually speaking to
an imaginary friend.
|4. Pursue alternative explanations to more fully understand
||The classroom teacher uses the PEPSI
model to do a case study for Dom since he can't understand the sudden
outbursts and temper flares that periodically send Dom into a rage.
|5. Evaluate the quality of conclusions
and strategies about children's development.
||The child study team has
a meeting to discuss Lynn's placement and IEP. One teacher wants
to review findings using a developmental framework.
|6. Engage in perspective taking to better
understand children's development
||How do you believe Tammy's mother views
these actions? What are her goals for Tammy?
|7. Demonstrate appreciation of individual differences
in children's development.
||I don't think we should make a referral
to special education yet. Frank does have reversals in his work,
but he is only in second grade.
- adapted from Santrock, (1998) p. 25
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