Theories of Human development and family studies midterm discussion questions

Answer the questions as completely as possible. Although the minimum length for any single response is 4 paragraphs for the 20-point questions and 3 paragraphs for the 10-point questions, you should write as much as is necessary to answer each question adequately. Points will be deducted from responses that are too brief. Write your answers in paragraph form, using complete sentences.
You may consult your notes and the readings in formulating your responses. Just be sure to put everything into your own words. Upload your completed exam directly to Canvas.
1.     Compare and contrast each of the three world views (mechanistic, contextualist, organismic) discussed in the Miller text. Give examples of theories that are consistent with each of the three world views. Explain the reasoning behind your selection of those particular theories as examples of the three world views. 20 pts.
2.     Describe what an early childhood program based on Vygotsky’s theory might look like compared to a program based on Piaget’s theory. What would be the key features/characteristics (including pedagogical approach) of each program? How would they be similar? How would they be different? 20 pts.
3.     Imagine that you are teaching a course titled “Theories of Human Development” to a group of undergraduate students, and you hear a student complain, “I don’t know why we’re expected to know all these theories.” Based on what we’ve read and talked about in class, how would you respond to the student’s complaint? How would you justify the importance of familiarity with various developmental theories? 20 pts.
4.     Imagine that you’ve been invited to give the keynote address at a conference of developmental experts, and you’ve entitled your talk, “Why Freud Is Still Relevant (or What We Can Learn from Freud).” What would you say in your presentation? 10 pts.
5.     Neighborhood crime is a complex phenomenon. However, for this question, I want you to take a fairly simplistic approach and explain neighborhood crime from a social learning theory perspective. Be sure to integrate discussion of key concepts and processes described by social learning theory into your response. 10 pts.
6.     Why should we concern ourselves with the nature and quality of infants’ and young children’s relationships with their caregivers? Developmentally speaking, why are those early relationships so important? Explain your reasoning in terms of attachment theory and Erikson’s stage of trust vs. mistrust. 10 pts.
7.     In his psychosocial theory of development, Erikson describes 8 stages. Pick one stage that you think is particularly important in terms of developmental impact. Explain why you chose that particular stage. What sort of outcomes might be associated with unhealthy resolution of that stage of development? How might we promote an adaptive, healthy resolution of the stage you selected? 10 pts.