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HDF 100 Week 1 of Notes

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These notes cover the introduction of human development.
Introduction to Human Development
Dr. Bruce Covey
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Date Created: 03/10/16
January 13, 2016 HDF 100 Lecture Notes 1 and 2 Introduction to the Study of Development Defined:  The science of human development seeks to understand how and why people  change or remain the same over time o All types of people o From all over the world  Three important elements: o The study of development is a science and includes:  Theories  Data  Analysis   Critical thinking  Methodology: example—scientific method; so it is similar as  possible  Why is it a science?  Because it gets rid of the perceptions of our own  upbringing  o The study of development is diverse:  It looks at all types of people  Young and old: thinking of retirement versus “other things”  Rich and poor: Wealthier we are the healthier we are  Various cultures and ethnicities o The study of development looks at the connection between change and  time  Not only does it look at the transformations of life, but it looks at  the consistencies  How do people change over time? o Health, age, personality, physical ability,  intelligence, etc.  How do people stay the same? o Fingerprint, blood type, etc. Theories:  Dynamic Systems Theory: o Focuses on the fluctuation and transition of organisms; not just humans o Can be used to look at the interactions within a person and the interaction  between people o Example: the human body working together; aka the butterfly effect  Bioecological systems theory o Urie Bronfenbrenner  A leader in understanding ecological systems approach  Believed individuals are nested in system in their  environment  Microsystem: a place that anyone finds in a given time and how it  influences us: family, classroom, peer group, etc.  Mesosytem: where any two systems meet; parent teacher  conference or the front porch example  Someone sitting on the porch and hearing the gossip on the  sidewalk from the neighbors   Exosystem: the community or a college campus  Macrosystem: the larger society like a state or a country  Chronosystem: the element of time; as time passes these systems  are all going to change Five Characteristics of Human Development:  Multidirectional o Development is dynamic, not static o Change is happening every year, day, and second o The Butterfly Effect:  Every change impacts a dynamic system   A small change has the potential to make a big difference later  on…but not always   Example: saving $20 over time   Multicontextual o People develop in many different contexts  Physical surroundings  Family patterns o Historical context  Cohort group  Those born within a few years of each other  Shared values, events, technology, and culture o The socioeconomic context is more than money  Education, occupation, place of residence  Multicultural o Culture: Patterns of behavior that are passed from one generation to the  next o Groups have their own culture  Values, customs, clothes, dwellings, assumptions o People are influenced by more than one culture   Multidisciplinary  o Development is divided into three domains:  Biosocial—physical aspects of development  Cognitive—how we think   Psychosocial—social development; how society changes us  Plasticity  o Implies two complementary aspects of development  Human traits can be shaped or molded; changing of personality  They can also maintain durability of identity o This provides hope and realism  Hope=change is possible; make change for the better  Realism=each developing person must build on previous  experiences   Examples: adoptions from overseas; the children were not  given adequate emotional attention  o Parents in the US would find the child was delayed  developmentally; plasticity changed that


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