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What is Child Development?

Watch Laura Steckley discuss the concept of child development, with reference to Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Bronfenbrenner, and Bowlby,

This presentation is delivered by a guest speaker, Dr Laura Steckley. Laura is a Senior Lecturer based jointly in the School of Social Work and Social Policy and CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

In this talk we begin to consider what we mean and understand by child development. We begin to think about some of the key concepts involved in this, including the key question of nature versus nurture. Do children and young people grow and develop the way they do because of how they are born or because of how they are brought up?

Laura will introduce you to some of the seminal contributors to the study of child development including Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Urie Bronfenbrenner and John Bowlby, outlining what they had to say as well as some of the criticisms and limitations associated with the different concepts and frameworks they proposed. She concludes by suggesting that all have something to offer as we think about assessing the development and growth of vulnerable children and young people.

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