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How does cognitive development influence a child’s behavior and sense of right and wrong?

Create a 5–6 page transcript of a hypothetical discussion between three team members comparing and contrasting three major developmental theories, and apply them to a case study of an 8-year-old girl.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.


In many professional roles in psychology, team members bring a case for discussion in meetings.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 3: Identify individual differences and the biological, cognitive, moral, social, and affective factors that influence learning across the lifespan.

Identify factors in the profile that influence learning.

Describe stages for each development theory.

Explain the similarities between the three developmental theories.

Explain the differences between the three developmental theories.

Competency 6: Evaluate meaningful instruction using best practices from educational psychology theories.

Analyze how each theory impacts the teaching and working relationship for the featured case study.

Competency 7: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with university expectations for graduate education, including discipline knowledge and current APA formatting standards.

Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, and correctly format citations using APA style.

A team meeting is an excellent start to obtain consensus on the proper development theory to apply to the case study of an 8-year-old girl. Team members should be well-versed in one or more of the theories. Not all development theories would be applicable for the young person who is worried about how she will earn a passing grade in mathematics. For example, the team could discuss the advantages and disadvantages of constructivism, where new knowledge is built on the old; or they could discuss social cognitive theory and its basic tenet of self-efficacy, which is confidence in the capability to perform a specific task.

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.


Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erikson all had detractors. Do you agree or disagree with their detractors? Why?

How does environment affect language and cognitive development?

How does cognitive development influence a child’s behavior and sense of right and wrong?

How do children learn to self-regulate?


View the multimedia piece, Profile of Hakira Yilmaz, linked in the Required Resources for this assessment.


Imagine you and two colleagues constitute a team of training and development specialists for a school district. In a team meeting, you bring in a case for discussion. Each team member has a personal theoretical framework, based on either Piaget, Vygotsky, or Erikson, and promotes their point of view during the conversation.


Write a transcript of the hypothetical professional conversation. Each person takes the view of a theorist: Piaget, Vygotsky, or Erikson, as they discuss the case study of Hakira Yilmaz, an 8-year-old girl.

Identify the factors in the profile that influence learning.

Describe the main stages for each theory.

Explain the similarities between the three developmental theories.

Explain the differences between the three developmental theories.

Analyze potential implications each theory might have when teaching or working with the student in the case study.

Include in-text references and a final reference page.

Additional Requirements

Written communication: Writing is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

Length: 5–6 pages.

APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA manual style and formatting.

References: A paper of this length should include in-text scholarly references. At the graduate level, you are responsible for determining the appropriate number of references. The majority of them should be original research articles published in peer-reviewed psychology journals (for example, those journals published by the APA). A few review or survey articles are also acceptable.

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