In a Journal entry of 500-1000 words, begin by reflecting on the phrase, “Well that’s what we did with my kids and they turned out just fine.” Describe your own thoughts about this statement and explain why this may be true in some cases, but not in others. Use personal experiences or examples to support your factual statements and opinions.
Then, watch the Endless Questions video analyzing child development research and find one additional scholarly source of your choice (see tips and a link to tutorials below) and use them to reflect on and answer the following questions:
Why is it important to utilize problem-solving techniques in exploring developmental issues, grounded in child development theory to explain and/or demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the children's developmental continuum, from conception? What makes scholarly research different from anecdotal evidence (or personal experience) in explaining child and adolescent development? [Hint: Consider the methodology of the articles you are reading.] Identify and briefly describe the key points of one theory and why you feel that theory is applicable to child and/or adolescent development.
Finally, relate the value of continued learning with a concluding reflection on why we should incorporate both personal experience and scholarly research grounded in theory to help support any statements made in this class or any other professional setting.