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This page contains a brief overview of the psychological and social science theories and theorists upon which CADV is grounded. Each box has a description of the theory and a list of key theorists.
Click on each theorist's picture to link out to a peer-reviewed article about his/her scientific approach and work in the field.
Learning is gradual and continuous. Development is a sequence of specific conditional behaviours. Main emphasis is on the environment, not heredity. Observable behaviours are considered most important.
Qualitative changes in the way children think. The child is considered an active learner going through stages.
George A. Miller
Balance between nature and nurture. Child is placed in the middle of concentric factors which all influence the child. Emphasis is placed both on environment and heredity.
Roger G. Barker
We all have an innate learning ability. Children are born with specialised information processing abilities that enable them to figure out structure of development.
Growth and development occur in orderly stages and sequence. The individual genetic timetable affects rate of maturation.
Arnold L. Gesell
Personality develops in eight stages throughout a lifetime. Development is influenced through interactions with family, friends and culture.
Mary E. Richmond
Behaviour is controlled by unconscious urges. Three components of the mind are id, ego and super ego.