Cognitive Development

Motor & perceptual development

  • Key concepts: contralateral control, dynamic systems theory, integration and differentiation, visual acuity,
  • Methods and findings: moving room studies, brain stem response, cochlear implants.
  • Cross-cutting concepts: ecological perception, seeing in 3D
  • Why does this matter? Connecting perception with cognition.

language development

  • Key concepts: phonology, semantics, grammar, production
  • Methods and findings: diary studies, PLP, cochlear implants
  • Cross-cutting concepts
  • Why does this matter? Home, classroom, health care settings

Theories of cognitive development

  • Key concepts: Piaget, SPCF Stages, object permanence, conservation, egocentric, Vygotsky, contextual development, Artificial Intelligencee
  • Methods and findings: Three mountain task, neural network models.
  • Cross-cutting concepts: Rational approaches to development.
  • Why does this matter? Toy design, maximizing cognitive growth.

Intelligence & skills testing

  • Key concepts: IQ, Mental Age, Binet, crystalized vs fluid intelligence, Spearman’s G.
  • Methods and findings: WISC, Standford-Binet, Infant Milestones test.
  •  Cross-cutting concepts: Flynn effect, bias in testing
  • Why does this matter? How much of intelligence is set in stone?

Educational practices & academic skills

  • Key concepts: math, memory, problem solving, reading, learning disabilities, broad educational approaches
  • Methods and findings: tower of Hanoi, creativity test, RAT.
  • Cross-cutting concepts: Education across the lifespan and cultures.
  • Why does this matter? Maximizing students’ potential.

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