Gasell's Maturation Theory

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  • Maturation Theory
    • Believes that development is genetically determined from birth
      • Children all follow the same sequence of development
      • The pace of development may vary depending on the physical and intellectual development
    • He observed the behaviours of many children and from that he determined norms which he called 'milestones of development.'
    • He was the first person to observe children to understand their development.
    • Arguments
      • For: 1. He determined typical norms of development that are still used today
        • 2. He used advantages methodology in observations of behaviour of large numbers of children
      • Against: 1. He didn't consider the influence of individual or cultural differences in children
        • 2. He believed that the 'norms' of development he described were desirable.

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