Learning objectives

General framework (applicable to all topics in the option)

  1. To what extent do biological, cognitive and socio-cultural factors influence human development?

  2. Evaluate psychological research (that is, theories and/or studies) relevant to developmental psychology.

Cognitive development

  1. Evaluate theories of cognitive development.

  2. Discuss how social and environmental variables (for example, parenting, educational environment, poverty, diet) may affect cognitive development.

Social development

  1. Examine attachment in childhood and its role in the subsequent formation of relationships.

  2. Discuss potential effects of deprivation or trauma in childhood on later development.

  3. Define resilience.

  4. Discuss strategies to build resilience.

Identity development

  1. Discuss the formation and development of gender roles.

  2. Explain cultural variations in gender roles.

  3. Describe adolescence.

  4. Discuss the relationship between physical change and development of identity during adolescence.

  5. Examine psychological research into adolescence.

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