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1.Explain each of the philosophies that are important to the study of human development.
2. List the theorists and their theories that influence modern developmental psychology.
3. Summarize the advice of child-rearing experts over the years.
4. Explain the concept of the lifespan perspective.
5. List and describe the three domains of development.
6. Define the nature-nurture controversy, and describe the ways of looking at both types of influences.
7. Distinguish between continuity and discontinuity.
8. Give examples of universal developmental changes.
9. Describe how groups specific changes affect development.
10. Summarize the cohort effects of the Great Depression of the 1930s on children and adolescents.
11. List ways individual differences affect development.
12. List and describe the four goals of developmental psychology.
13. Summarize how variables might influence the impact an event has on a person's development.
14. Describe the three types of age-related research, and state the advantages and disadvantages of each.
15. Distinguish among the types of studies used to identify relationships between variables, and state the advantages and disadvantages of each.
16. Describe cross-cultural or cross-context designs.
17. Summarize the importance of thinking critically about research.
18. Identify five areas of ethical concern in human developmental research.

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