Child Growth and Development
There are many theories of child development because we have been studying the field for so many years. Each theory has their different factors; biology, sociology, genetics, environment, relationships are just a few of them. “Thank you for making me so wonderful and complex”! (Psalms139:14). When one theory is formulated and used for awhile someone else may come behind that particular theorist and add some new points to expand the theory and then create a new one. That’s why I feel so many different theories exist. I would have to say that my theory is composed of several ideas from several different people however there is one that I am partial to and it is; The Ecological Systems Theory. It has a huge role in all childrens’ lives and I feel this way because I see it all the time at work. Depending on the child and their living circumstances makes a great impact on how their send off with mom or dad is when they get dropped off for school. It reflects how they interact with the other children and how they deal with their friends crowding their space. The child’s environment can also make a huge impact on their life. If the child is exposed to mom and dad not getting along well, constantly fighting, or maybe he/she is just not getting enough attention from mom and dad the child may end up lashing out at school. If we know of these conditions it helps us understand what may have triggered the child to act the way that he/she did. The genetic make-up of a child definitely has something to do with how a child acts and goes through the stages of childhood. If they have been blessed with good jeans, learning will probably come easier for them than someone else. If their genetic family make-up consists of being an only child or having siblings their actions would depend greatly on the number of children in the family. I feel that a childs development is always on a continuous pattern.