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After deciding upon the three developmental theories you will compare and contrast, locate research that has been conducted on those developmental theories. You will find research and empirical articles located in the online library. You must click on scholarly, peer-reviewed when searching for your articles. The articles are to be direct reports of research conducted by the authors. The articles are not to be literature reviews, editorials, or book reviews.

You are to have a minimum of six sources in addition to any use of the textbook. At least five of the sources are to be scholarly, peer-reviewed empirical research articles from which reports of research for evidence-based information can be obtained.

After you have determined your topic and located your resources, you will be creating an outline. Be sure your outline is written in APA outline form. To see an example of this, please visit the Ashford Writing Center in the left-hand navigation tab. Your outline must include:

â?¢ A thesis statement that provides the main topic of your paper
â?¢ Three pieces of evidence that support your thesis
â?¢ A concluding statement

For your outline you must include:

o A thesis statement that provides the main topic of your paper. In other words, tell the theories you will be discussing.

o Three pieces of evidence that support your thesis.

o A concluding statement.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in putting together the task (see above) on reviewing and then discussing developmental theories, resources that can be used for research on the topic (the solution provides a bibliography for this) and advise as to how to put together an outline as determined in the original problem. A thesis statement, evidence supporting said thesis and a suggested conclusion is also provided to show the student how it can be done.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. Before anything else, I would like to reiterate what you are asking help on/what your professor is expecting you to do:

1. Select 3 developmental theories and show understanding of it in your paper (this should show in your outline by incorporating it in the expected discussion)
2. Decide on a Research Topic
3. Create an Outline of the paper on the research topic
4. Include a thesis statement and an annotated bibliography

Two things - this thesis statement is going to be the 'heart' of the research - your hypothesis. Your paper will seek to 'exemplify/prove' this statement. Therefore, your outline must be such that all the necessary areas/elements that can support your thesis statement are present in your paper. You did not indicate your preferences - your research topic of interest and your developmental theory of interest - the theory that you will use in the paper. As such, I have come to a conclusion that you are undecided or need guidance on both therefore I have taken the liberty to suggest a research topic.

I have summarized below the tenets of each of the developmental theories I have chosen, followed by a suggested outline with a sample thesis statement and a suggested set of bibliographic resources. UI did not go with Freud as it is too far removed from the other 2 theories; as such I have introduced Kohlberg. Your professor gave you the freedom to choose as you please anyway; these 3 are very much related and can be discussed in your paper. Good luck with your studies.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Developmental Theories

Jean Piaget is credited with developing cognitive theory into a more systemized concept by tracing cognitive development in human beings. Heavily influenced by Immanuel Kant's epistemological views, he published a books and studies concerned with understanding human cognition whereby he looked into the development of the human learning process throughout the varied stages of life from infancy. He proposed the following stages: the Sensorimotor stage where human beings learn about the world through feeling, touching, tasting (the basic senses) encompassing 0-2 years; the Pre-operational stage where one is able to communicate using words and images but lacks basic logic and reasoning skills (ages 2-6); the Concrete Operational stage where one is able to think logically about actual events, is actively learning and can come to understand mathematics & transformations (ages 7-10); and lastly the Formal Operational stage where one is able to do abstract reasoning & 'if I were' situational thinking (ages 10-12).
Lev Vygotsky's social development theory is one of the foundations of constructivism. His main themes are as follows: that social interaction is fundamental and foundational in development (i.e. interaction with parents, other kids, teachers, etc.) as it introduces them to culture and instils social skills; the More Knowledgeable Other (or MKO) is an essential ...

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