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Theories of Development

Interested in learning more about the major theories of development? Then explore these resources in order to learn the basics of developmental theories.

Introduction to Theories of Development
Why is the study of developmental psychology important? What do developmental psychologists do? Learn the answers to these questions in this introduction to theories of development.

What is Development?
Before you begin your study of development, it is important to understand exactly what we mean when we say the word 'development.' What does development involve? What are the effects of development? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Types of Psychology Theories
There are three major types of psychology theories: Grand theories, minitheories, and emergent theories. Learn more about the features of each type of theory.

The Purpose of Psychology Theories
Psychologists and researchers use theories in a number of different ways, including to provide a framework for future research. Learn more about the purpose of psychological theories.

How is Development Studied?
Psychologists and researchers utilize a number of different scientific methods to study human develop. Learn more about how development is studied.

Psychoanalytic Theories of Development
Psychoanalytic theories of development emphasize the role of unconscious impulses and overcoming conflicts. Learn more about the major psychoanalytic theories of development.

Learning Theories of Development
Learning theories of development focus on environmental influences on behavior, such as reinforcement, punishment, and modeling. Learn more about the major learning theories including classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning.

Cognitive Theories of Development
Cognitive theories of development emphasize the role of mental processes such as thinking, recalling, and analyzing. Learn more about cognitive develop theory, with a focus on Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development.

What Is Sociocultural Theory?
Sociocultural theory is a theory of development that stress the important of socialization on cognitive development. Learn more about sociocultural theory.

Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
Kohlberg's theory of moral development was formed to explain the development of moral reasoning. Learn more about the different stages of moral development.

Social Learning Theory
Psychologist Albert Bandura proposed social learning theory, which emphasizes the importance of observational learning. Learn more about what social learning theory is, basic concepts of this learning theory, and how observational learning occurs.

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