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Nature vs nurture

Nature (Nativism)

  • Development primarily determined by inherited factors.
  • Anything produced by the predetermined unfolding of genetic information (Maturation)

Maturational theory - Darwin, Gessell and McGraw

  • Development according to maturational timetables.
  • Children's abilities pre-determined by genetic inheritance
  • Teaching of little use if the appropriate maturational stage has not been reached.
  • Maturational stages of development so discontinuous development.
  • Both theories just differ to the extent to which nature and nurture affect development.

Nurture (Empiricism)

  • Development


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