Study Guide

Psychology Study Guide – Developmental

Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, and Lawrence Kohlberg

Standard Addressed:

Development and learning content standard #2

  • Theories of life span development
    • Discuss theories of cognitive development (Piaget)
    • Discuss theories of moral development (Kohlberg)
    • Discuss theories of social development (Erikson)

The test is in two parts – the first part is multiple choice and the second part is written.

Part 1 – 31 multiple choice questions

You need to know the following concepts:

Jean Piaget

  • Piaget’s theory
  • Schema
  • Assimilation
  • Accommodation
  • Sensorimotor stage
  • Pre-operational stage
  • Concrete Operational stage
  • Formal Operational stage

Erik Erikson

  • Erikson’s theory
  • Trust vs. Mistrust
  • Autonomy vs. Shame/Doubt
  • Initiative vs. Guilt
  • Industry vs. Inferiority
  • Identity vs. Role Confusion
  • Intimacy vs. Isolation
  • Generativity vs. Stagnation
  • Ego Integrity vs. Despair

Lawrence Kohlberg

  • Kohlberg’s theory
  • Criticisms of Kohlberg
  • Punishment and Obedience
  • Individualism and Exchange
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Maintaining Social Order
  • Social Contract and Individual Rights
  • Universal Principles

Part 2 – Case study

You need to be able to do three things:

  1. Piaget case study
  2. Erikson case study (one stage)
  3. Kohlberg case study (one stage)

The test is on Thursday, March 1st!

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Erik Erikson

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