module 1 dq 1
The textbook discusses the different stages of the life cycle. How difficult is it to determine when each stage begins and ends, using biological, cognitive, and socioemotional criteria? Contrast this discontinuity perspective with the continuity perspective. Which perspective do you favor?
module 1 dq 2
Theories about child rearing go back thousands of years, yet developmental psychology is only about a century old. How has psychology been impacted by the philosophical and religious theories of child rearing?
module 2 dq 1
As technology advances, the issue of “designer babies” and gene therapy will become a very real issue. Should we explore “modifying” genes? If so, in which cases? What are the implications for altering genes for health reasons (e.g., a genetic disorder) versus altering genes for cosmetic reasons (e.g., to get a child with blue eyes)?
module 2 dq 2
Discuss some of the controversies involved in infant routines (e.g., scheduled versus demand-feeding, handling sleep problems, breast- versus bottle-feeding), and state your opinions on which technique is superior. Why?
MODULE 3 DQ 1
Using Baumrind’s classification of parenting styles, determine how an authoritarian, an authoritative, and a permissive parent might respond to the following scenarios:
A 5-year-old, who has always liked spaghetti, looks at the spaghetti being served tonight and says: “Yuck! Spaghetti! I’m not eating it.”
A 10-year-old calls his mom a curse word. Later, it is time for the mom to drive the child to soccer practice.
Two children, 8 and 10, argue incessantly and loudly with each other whenever their mom receives a phone call.
MODULE 3 DQ 2
Review the leading causes of death for preschool and elementary age groups. How can parents minimize deaths caused from motor vehicles, drowning, burns, poisoning, and falling
MODULE 4 DQ 1
Discuss the different types of approaches to both defining and measuring intelligence, and discuss some of the controversies in this area. Is it possible to create a truly culture-fair test? What are the pros and cons of using “multiple intelligence” theories?
MODULE 4 DQ 2
Discuss how parents can help their elementary-aged child by (a) “letting go,” (b) teaching responsibilities, (c) maintaining values, and (d) incorporating a positive self-concept
MODULE 5 DQ 1
Using the guidelines in these chapters, as well as Baumrind’s theory of parenting styles, discuss how parents can help their children cope with: (a) juvenile delinquency, (b) eating disorders, and (c) depression
MODULE 5 DQ 2
The United States has the highest rate of eating disorders of any country in the world. Discuss possible reasons for its prevalence, and what parents and school officials can do to reduce this problem.
MODULE 6 DQ 1
What does it mean to be an adolescent? What does it mean to be an adult? Where do college students fit into these definitions? Discuss from biological, cognitive, and socioemotional perspectives.
MODULE 6 DQ 2
Using the characteristics of good schools discussed in Lecture 6 and the textbook, how can we encourage student engagement?
MODULE 7 DQ 1
Developmental psychologist Robert Havighurst stated that the developmental tasks for middle-aged adults are threefold: (a) managing a household, (b) child rearing, and (c) managing a career. Drawing on principles you have learned in this course, how might middle-aged adults accomplish these tasks?
MODULE 7 DQ 2
Discuss the physical changes that take place in middle adulthood. Why is there a double standard in our society for men and women in this area?
MODULE 8 DQ 1
If Terry Schiavo had had a living will, how might the case have turned out differently?
MODULE 8 DQ 2
Erikson maintained that the key process to resolving his eighth crisis of integrity versus despair was introspection. Using introspection here, determine how you are going to reach the positive pole of this crisis.