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GCSE: Child Development

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  1. Hide and Seek

    boy warnings like "be careful that your feet aren't sticking out" and "They're moving closer" this creates tension and make the reader will to read on stronger. V. Scannell uses lots of personification such as "The cold bite through your coat" and the darkening garden watches" the personification makes the object come alive and really make you think more give you good mental picture.

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  2. We See Both the Best and the Worst Aspects of the Man's Character. Discuss.

    On the first island all the people address his as Master, but he does not want this, as in doing so, it makes him believe he has a responsibility for those people, and yet, in moving to the second island, he takes many of them with him. He feels also the need to take "all his books", and for "himself, a goat." Later, on moving to the third island he takes a cat for company, but has ceased to care about his books, when the cat, his only company does not return one day, his slow, and undignified death ends the end that began when he had a goal to be both on an island, and be an island.

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  3. The differences between the two stories “your shoes” and “the sons veto”.

    "Your shoes" is set entirely within a bed room because that is were the mother is meant to be writing the story, but in "the sons veto" some of the story is set in the countryside and some is set in the suburbs of London but both mothers are isolated in each story.

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  4. Discuss at least two differences between social learning and psychoanalytical approaches to explaining gender development.

    According to Freud a parent doesn't have to do anything physical to make this occur. (This is explained later in the essay) Social learning theory differs from traditional learning view because the child actively seeks out behaviours and attitudes, rather than the view that the child has little choice in its development. The social learning theory opposes that there are natural categories of behaviour and argues that behaviour is shaped in a social context. Children's behaviour is moulded by the attitudes and behaviours of somebody important. For example the parents. Social learning theory says children learn their gender roles by constantly imitating and being reinforced by their parents.

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  5. A Life in The Day of…

    As I pile on clothes, makeup and dry my hair I play music. Usually 'Nivana' or 'Placebo' something rocky. I heard breakfast makes you fat. I don't eat breakfast! Finally when I am ready, I go downstairs and wait for my friends. Occasionally I feel like walking alone, but not often because when I so my so-called 'friends' get bitchy and shout at me for not waiting for them. My friends annoy me, but they're good people. I don't want to hurt them. I find that before school I am usually depressed, but once I enter my tutor room I perk up.

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  6. Consider the impact on a Child(ren) raised in a lone parent household.

    Lone Income families can be defined as a family, which consists of one adult parent who is responsible for one or more children. The parent can be either the father or mother, although in the majority of cases, it is the mother who is left to bring up the children. There are several reasons for lone parent families in Britain, the most prominent being the rise in children born outside marriage, however the death of a spouse or simply a marriage break up are also reasons.

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  7. Did China’s One Child Policy Work As Planned?

    "By 1990 thousands of ultrasonic machines were being imported for the purpose of sex selection. Domestic factories in China began manufacturing ultrasound machines at the rate of 10,000 machines per year". "Official data on abortions show the annual total number of abortions increased between 1985 and 1990." [http://www.forerunner.com/lci/ X004_Population_Control_ C. html]. These figures clearly indicate that many families wanted to avoid giving birth to a female child. In the Urban areas, where the people have access to good hospitals and medical facilities, it is easy for women to get an abortion.

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  8. Ethan Frome’s Failures.

    The first decision Ethan made that was detrimental to his life as a success is when he came home from school. He wanted very much to learn, and when Zeena comes in to take care of his mother, Ethan still did not leave to go back to school. The second decision that Ethan made that was especially bad for him was that he married Zeena because he felt he owed her something for taking care of his parents for so long.

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  9. Occupier's Liability

    Indeed, the duty owed to lawful visitors is of a higher standard than the duty owed to unlawful trespassers. However, in accordance with the law, 'reasonable measures' need to be taken to secure the welfare of both groups. The Duty of Care owed to Lawful Visitors Section 2 (2) of the Occupier's Liability Act 1957 states that there is: "a common duty of care to see that visitors will be reasonably safe in using the premises for which he is invited or permitted by the occupier to be there." This duty of care relates to the purposes for which the invitee was permitted on RSPB property.

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  10. A friend discovers to her horror that she is pregnant. What advice would you give her?

    This would confuse her and is not at all practical at this time of the girl's overall responsibility. There are options for the girl either abortion, adoption (keeping the child and the giving it up for adoption) or keep the child. Firstly if she were to keep the child, the responsibilities that come with it are to be realised and understood as they can and do greatly affect the girl's life and even those around her. While the unborn is maturing inside the mother, she has to take particular care with what she eats as it effects the unborn child's development and health, this also is a problem with smoking and alcoholic beverages.

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  11. “Examine how the relationship between Paddy and Sinbad changes and develops through the novel”

    It is a matter of survival, to never show any sign of weakness. But when there is trouble at home it isn't always easy to be strong. Paddy tries his best to repair his parents' marriage that is falling apart a little more each day. He acts out his anxiety over the discord between his parents by often getting into fights and by being mean and abusive to his younger brother. For a while he thinks that if he were to run away, his parents would stay together. He thinks of questions to ask them so they will talk to him and not fight with each other.

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  12. “If only…” – The two saddest words in the English Language. Write a story in which the above words are included.

    This only makes her cry more at her own cowardice. Still, the words pound with every pulse - "If only..." She still remembers that day. That day, when she found out that she was truly pregnant. She knew long ago anyway, that there was something inside her, just hanging onto its dear life. As time went on, her worries grew along with the size of her stomach - without a father, she would not be able to take care of her.

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  13. Monsieur D’Hubieres’ suggestion puts the Vallin into a difficult position. Were they right to behave as they did? Remember to refer to the situation at the time the story is set.

    The Tuvache and Vallin are great friends. Their children play together and it is sometimes hard for both sets of parents to remember which set of children are theirs and which are their neighbours' offspring. During this time a rich couple start to get to know both families and after a period of several months they make a bold bid to buy the youngest child of the Tuvache, Charlot. His mother becomes furious with this ridiculous suggestion and tells Madam D'Hubieres to attempt to buy Jean Vallin, for she will not sell her little Charlot.

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  14. The Debate

    I also enjoy the freedom to go to great places with her and have an experience that not many other men get to see. You see I like being the only man at the welfare clinic, it makes me feel special. Julie: Mr. Sanders, what you have been feeling and enjoying is all to do with the way in which you treat and help your daughter within this crucial time in her and your lives. These things are enjoyful at the start and then eventually it runs out in some cases.

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  15. Write about the way Religion and Eccentricity is introduced in “Oranges are not the only Fruit”.

    There are twists and turns to the storytelling that do not entirely follow a pattern that makes sense but then that is the power a writer has over the reader, the world the reader experiencing being totally under control by the writer. These methods are presented at various moments on the novel, deviating from the straightforward telling of the story quite a lot but nevertheless written skilfully enough for the attention of the reader not to wander. For example, an odd and clever angle on the religion issue comes partway into Genesis, when Jeanette makes use of a fairy tale analogy to apparently present a fresh view of the character and motivation of the mother.

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  16. Discuss the way in which Joyce Presents the Opening of his Narrative from Within the mind of a Very Young Child.

    The contrast between the beginning and end of the chapter emphasizes the idea of the ageing child. For example, initially, short, simple phrases are used, such as 'He was baby tuckoo.' The sentences then progress to a slightly longer, more complicated structure to indicate the expanding intelligence of the child.

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  17. ‘A child called it’ by Dave Pelzer

    Then his mother began spending her days watching TV and drinking beer. Easily irritated, she yelled at Dave for the slightest reasons. Soon, instead of banishment, Mrs Pelzer smashed Dave's face against the mirror and made him repeat over and over "I'm a bad boy! I'm a bad boy!" He was forced to spend hours staring into that mirror. Throughout the novel Dave gives a very descriptive account of events, which include his mother doing such things as, burning his arm on a hot stove, refusing him food, and 'accidentally' stabbing him in the stomach.

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  18. Piaget V’s Vygotsky

    During these interactions, cognitive processes are socially, transferred to the child. In order to evaluate these bold claims, it is essential to examine both Piaget's and Vygotsky's influential theories. Piaget (1896 - 1980) is recognized worldwide as one of the leaders, in the understanding of Intellectual and Cognitive Development. Piaget identified four stages of development as a child grows, namely, the sensorimotor stage; the preoperational stage; the concrete operational stage; and the formal operational stage. Stage Age Characteristics Sensorimotor 0-2 yrs Begins to make use of imitation, memory, and thought. Begins to recognize that objects do not cease to exist when they are hidden.

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  19. To what extent are children bought up in single parented families worse off?

    Other reasons include that the husband was treating the wife badly. Another reason is that the partner of the couple had an affair with another person. Marriages might not break up, but it could be that the mother or the father of the family has died when the child was at a young age, causing the child to act differently due to the death of the father or the mother.

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  20. Early childhood

    Even young children may have problems with stress even at the age of 4. Intellectual development At 4 years speech grammatically correct and completely intelligible. Shows only a few infantile phonetic substances usually of r-l-w-y group or p-th-f-s sound group. Can give full name and address. Asks more questions like "why?" "When?" "How". Listens and tells long stories. Counts verbal up to 20 or more. Knows and enjoys jokes and verbal incongruities. Knows several nursery rhymes, which can be sung correctly.

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  21. What’s wrong with a little smack?

    Also the punishment should match the crime because if they do something really bad then they should get hit hard, not softly or vise versa. The punishment has to be immediate otherwise the child would think that they have got away with it and another argument is that a "little tap" doesn't hurt and this statement is true because it teaches the child a lesson without the parent using excessive force. The final argument for smacking is that "it's your child, do what you want" which is true but you shouldn't go over the top with them.

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  22. Child care unit 2 level 2 - child development 0 to 5 years old.

    may start taking few steps 15 months Walking and may start throwing a ball 18 months Running 2 years Climbing up and down stairs 3 years Catching objects and stars jumping 4 years Riding a tricycle 5 yeas Dancing rhythmically, climbs , skips and hops Newborn babies have little control over their bodies. As they get older, theses reflexes disappear and babies begin to develop voluntary skills. To gain complete control children will need to master two different types of skills 1.

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  23. A Day in the Life of a Nursery Nurse

    10:50: Supervise children outside/ tidy up the toys and reset the tables for afternoon play / set the lunch tables (it depends on the day of the week because we have a rota). This is physical, social and intellectual as the child would be playing outside or indoors depending on the week and would be learning the format of the Alperton nursery. The child would also interact with people surrounding them. 11:40: change nappies and take children to the toilet (only those who are potty training)

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