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DevPsych3k Chapter 2, Assignment 2


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Berger discusses five theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology: The three "Grand Theories" identified as psychoanalytic theory, learning theory, cognitive theory, and the two "Emergent Theories" identified as sociocultural theory and epigenetic systems theory.  To which perspective(s) do you subscribe?  Why?  Which perspective(s) do you reject?  Why?

I have not yet created a "perspectives" bookmark page, so base your essay on what Berger has to say about the perspectives.  If you wish, you can do a search for appropriate web sites and use information you glean from those pages that you find.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you an opportunity to examine your own orientations and biases, and to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology.

First, describe the basic orientation and basic premises of each perspective, (according to Berger).

Then, add any information you gained at any web sites you have visited (if appropriate).  Be sure that if you do this, you cite the source.

Finally, identify any perspective(s) to which you subscribe.  Explain why.  Identify any perspective(s) you reject.  Explain why.

Do not forget to provide a proper reference for the Berger textbook, or you will have committed plagiarism.  Failure to reference properly will always lead to rejection of the assignment and, possibly, loss of credit.