Unit planning: Development

This section of the site has two purposes.  First, it is here that you will find curriculum related material - particularly, the unit planners and advice on how to address the ATL planners on Managebac if your school is using that program.

For the different components of the curriculum you will find lesson plans, with links to activities on the site that you may find helpful for students to develop understanding of key concepts as well as critical thinking skills.

All lesson plans in this unit were developed by Laura Swash.

The options are divided into three topics.  According to the curriculum guide, in each session (May and November) exams will ask one question from each topic of the option.  It is up to you whether you teach one, two or all three topics.

Topic 1.  Developing as a learner

Unit plan: Developing as a learner

Below you will find a unit planner for the "developing as a learner" module of the developmental psychology option. This unit plan was written and developed by Laura Swash.Although in the guide this is...

DLP 1.1 Brain development

The human brain adapts and develops throughout our lifetime. However, the majority of brain development takes place between birth and adolescence, through myelination, neural pruning in some areas, and...

DLP 1.2 Individual cognitive development

We finished the last lesson with the thought that although it is difficult to determine how much of children’s behaviour and cognition is directly correlated with their brain development, it is clear...

DLP 1.3 Social Cognitive development

The different social experiences that children have in terms of home life, peers, education and the important role played by culture in shaping development did not feature into Piaget's theory. Lev Vygotsky,...

Topic 2. Influences on cognitive and social development

Unit plan: Influences on development

Below you will find a unit planner for the "influences on cognitive and social development" module of the developmental psychology option. This unit plan was written and developed by Laura Swash.

DLP 2.1 Peers and play

Play has a vital role in cognitive and social development. Children learn to explore, share and develop independence through playing by themselves and in the company of their peers. They also develop...

Topic 3. Developing an identity 

Unit plan: Developing an identity

Below you will find a unit planner for the "developing an identity" module of the developmental psychology option. This unit plan was written and developed by Laura Swash.This topic includes attachment...

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Comments 3

Shuqian Yu 18 September 2018 - 09:04

Hi, Laura

Thanks for putting up all the material. I think this option really benefits students on understanding themselves better. However, I just want to confirm with you that students shall not be discriminated against if I (hypothetically) choose to only teach one topic. Right?

Thanks!

John Crane 18 September 2018 - 21:02

Dear Shuqian

Students will simply have less choice on the exam if they do not study all three topics in an option. They are not discriminated against on the exams.

Shuqian Yu 19 September 2018 - 02:15

Dear John,
Thanks for the quick response. I intend to teach all the contents but in case I run out of time, I need to know what are the options I have. :)