Victor the "wild boy of aveyron"
In paris a boy was abandoned and was wild
At that point high degree of poverty and lots of kids abandoned, this one might have been ill(autistic)
Doc tried to teach him language etc, so experimental, but little progress in communicating
Never learned to speak and interact but able to show affection, and potty trained
Language, we need early stimulation to develop properly. He was passed 5
Victor experimental for 5 years, then sent off to be taken care of by care giver
History of child development
English philosopher, childs mind a blank slate
Instructing child from early age had best influence, acknowledged that nurture and experience key factor in kids developing
Talked about nature side, kids born pure and just need support
Abuse and Child Labor
In 1600s Massachusetts law to kill stubborn or rebellious children by father
1700s out of protection for animals came protection for children
19th century, kids separated from families and worked in industrial setting
England 1833 factory committee to see what appropriate for kids, decided on 12hour days
1800s Charles Darwin wrote "evolution of species" so changed way we look at development, through evolutionary process
William Preyer wrote first text looking at some of these issues, rules of observation(rely on direct obs, record immediately, be unobtrusive, avoid training child
James Mark Baldwin, theres a process to development and there is different stages of development
Central Questions of Developmental Science
Level of continuity between humans and species?
-Phylogeny-evolutionary history of a species
-Darwin The Origin of Species
-Distinguishing features of humans: culture and language(distinct ability to communicate)
In individual development continuous?
-ontogeny: development of an individual organism
-Qualitative vs. quantitative change
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