Year 9 Topic: Development

Filter: What do I need to know?

The Developing Brain 

The role of:

  • The brain stem
  • The thalamus
  • The cerebellum
  • The cortex
  • The name of the 4 brain lobes
The difference between nature and nurture and how psychologists know if a behaviour is genetic (nature)


Piaget's ideas about children:

  • Schemas
  • Assimilation
  • Accommodation
Theory of Cognitive Development:
  • ​Sensorimotor stage (0-2)
  • Pre-operational stage (2-7)
  • Concrete operational stage (7-11)
  • Formal operational stage (11+)
  • Object permanence
  • Conservation
  • Egocentrism
  • Logical thinking
  • Applications to education
  • Naughty teddy study
  • Policeman doll study
  • Under-estimated children (studies)
  • Over-estimated children
  • Swiss children

Mindset Theory

  • Motivation, success and failure
  • Growth mindset
  • Fixed mindset
  • Effort praise vs person praise
  • Internal vs external deires
  • Education and teachers
  • All jobs/athletes
  • ​Too much praise...

Learning Styles 
  • A preferred way of processing information.
  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinaesthetic
  • Verbaliser/visualiser
  • Willingham - no evidence
  • Willingham - only use context
  • Over 71 learning styles
  • Using different learning styles does help some children engage.

LEARN: Homework Tasks

  • The Developing Brain
  • Piaget's theory of cognitive development
  • Evaluation of Piaget - Naughty Teddy
  • Evaluation of Piaget - Policeman Doll
  • Evaluation of Piaget - Education
  • Extra Evaluation
  • Dweck's Mindset Theory of Learning
  • Evaluation of Dweck
  • Learning Styles
  • Willingham's theory of learning styles
  • ​Evaluation of learning styles 
Each week, pick a topic or study that we have been looking at and choose one of the following:

  • Create an in-depth revision poster on the topic/study
  • Write a song that explores the psychological topic/debate
  • Attend psychology revision and complete exam questions
  • Create a PowerPoint Presentation on the topic/study and e-mail it to me (no copy and paste allowed)
  • Complete the questions related to the recent topic on the document attached below.

Challenge Option

Write a mini-essay explaining the topic/section/study we have completed (no more than one side of A4)

TEST: Exam Questions