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Development through life stage

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M1 Discuss the nature and nurture debate in relation to individual development. For this assignment, I will be discussing the nature and nurture debate in relation to individual development. For example, discussing how nature and nurture influence the development of a feral child. Nowadays, it is accepted that most aspects of an individual's development are mostly a result of the relations of both nature and nurture. In both side of the debate nature or nurture, theorists have argued that we are born to be the way we are. Others have also argued that is the way we are brought up and influenced by our surroundings that makes us the way we are. Nature is known, has genetics. It is the genetic code which we are born with. Genetic is passed on to us from our parents. For example, nature could be eyes colour, hair, and IQ. Nurture is the social, economic and environmental factors that influence us. Nature vs. Nurture debate has been debated between philosophers and theorist whether we a mostly influenced by genetic or environmental factors. This debate is about how a person's life is determined by their inherited genetics and how much is determined by the environment they grow up in. For example if two parents carry the gene of cystic fibroses, their child will inherit the gene, making the child prone to the illness. ...read more.


Regardless Itard's effort to teach Victor, he never did achieve a normal level of intelligence. Genie was also found in 1970. She was kept tied to a potty chair in a complete darkness, as result she did not have any language skills. The left hemisphere of her brain which controls language was so under stimulated, that her brain physically shrunk and she could never develop her capacity for learning language. However, after she was discovered, Genie learned numbers of words but she was never able to learn proper grammar and syntax which is an important requirement for using language correctly. This shows that, as human beings we may all have the potential to achieve a certain level of intelligence, which is determined by genetics, it is the environment we are exposed to which determines whether or not we realise that intelligence. Feral children also shows that our early years of childhood is very important in developing intelligence, and that if intelligence is not given a chance to develop, then after a certain period in life it may never fully develop. Therefore in life, it is likely that both nature and nurture are important in developing intelligence. Our genetics may determine how intelligent we become and our environment will either allow us to inhibit it. Physical development of a feral child Feral children have a variety of physical abnormality. ...read more.


is poor he or she may become five feet two or the child may have the gene to become a great musician but with no opportunity to learn, the environment will not allow the child to inhibit at talent. This shows that, an individual can go beyond his or her hereditary potentially. Language needs to be developed between the ages of six; if this is not developed then grammar will not be formed. Emotional and Social development As feral children, they find it hard to socialise with the outside world. It's very complex for them to from a secure attachment with individuals. Attachment is very important for early relationships in childhood development. When a child does not from secure attachments, it then becomes a failure to form attachment in early life. For example, with Edik he also learned dog behaviour but he developed his language because he received some human contact from his parents, he had much better chance of recovering in terms of language. However, he lacked emotional and social development because he missed out the opportunity to socialise with others. Erikson's theory stated that if children don't have their basic needs for security met early life, they can become distrusting and fearful. http://www.eruptingmind.com/nature-nurture-intelligence/ http://scienceiscool25.blogspot.com/2009/10/tabula-rasa-blank-slate.html ?? ?? ?? ?? Development Through the Life Stages Vanessa Addo Unit 4 1 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care ...read more.

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