Theories describe and explain what happens during development. Theories also offer a way of trying to predict behavior. Often theories can be used to understand the people with whom we are closest. For example, Erikson’s 8 Stages might help you understand why your teenage son cares more about his friend’s opinion than your perspective.
For this discussion, think about different development theories and select one:
- Piaget’s 4 Stages of Cognitive Development
- Erikson’s 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development
- Social Learning Theory
- Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory
- Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory
- Initial Post
- In your initial posting:
State the specific theory you have chosen by its proper name.
Provide an example from your life.
Explain how an aspect or concept from the theory helps you understand the provided example.
Reply to one peer who has an example that helps your understanding of a theory. Give an example of how their post helped you understand the theory.