The first thing I learned while reading Valerie’s article is that the idea of stages have been around for a very long time but do not necessarily include all children. Secondly, I learned that developmentalism is being expanded to include the whole lifespan instead of just infancy and adolescence. Lastly, I learned people have been challenging the idea of studying the developing child.
Two connections I’ve made are: I have noticed stages of development in children I’ve been around and from what I’ve seen in a classroom but I have also seen students that aren’t following their “typical stage development” and I wonder what happens to those children. I’ve also connected this to development in adulthood and beyond.
One question I have is: what happens to the children that don’t follow the curve of development? Does that mean they are left behind or that there is something “wrong” with them?