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Why do we have developmental theories

I am just curious as to why we have developmental theories?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:08 AM on Oct. 20, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • You mean in child development?
    For one, so we can offer children Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum. Children need to learn things when it is appropriate for them developmentally to learn.
    So their needs can be better met, across a bunch of domains.

    Answer by Lovey1234 at 10:19 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • The more we know about the development of children (especially we as educators) the better we can help them along their path.

    Answer by salexander at 10:31 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I'm not sure either.

    Answer by jessesmama22 at 10:39 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Developmental theories assist professionals in understanding the parameters of what is considered "normal" and what is considered outside the boundaries of normal. For example: there is a developmental theory that states children 7 - 8 have magical thinking. And younger. But if you are ten and have this magical thinking we take a step back and go hold up, wait a second. What is happening here. We also have developmental theories to help explain what is going on in each stage and the common threads we see in childhood, or the common themes.  It is common for a two year old to love his mommy so much he wants to marry her.  He may not like the idea that daddy is married to her.  I knew a two year old who was obsessed his penis was not as big as his dad's and said it was broken.  It was a very Freud stage to be in for that exact age.  So we say that is normal.


    Answer by frogdawg at 11:25 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

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