A Comparison and Discussion of Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory of Development, Freud’s Psychosexual Stages of Development, and Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development

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A Comparison and Discussion of Erikson's Psychosocial Theory of Development, Freud's Psychosexual Stages of Development, and Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Developmental Psychology I

Submitted on May 23, 2014

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Gaziantep, Turkey


Human development is a highly complex concept among concepts of human sciences. Developmentalists claim that every single event in each stage of childhood development is extremely significant since any reaction to the behaviors in developmental stages has a vital meaning which is realized later in human life.Therefore I can state that every single action in childhood developmental stages has a certain impact on human's cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Science of human development is effected in a large extent by six broad theoretical traditions which are psychoanalytic viewpoint, the learning viewpoint, the cognitive-developmental viewpoint, the information- processing viewpoint, the evolutionary viewpoint, and the ecological systems viewpoint. In this research report, I am going to focus on Freud's Psychosexual Theory, Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development and the Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.

If I were to state basically what I concentrate in this research report; on the stages of three human development theories which belong to Freud, Erikson and Piaget. I will compare these development theories through analyzing each stage of them while addressing some experiences which I have in my life or I have come across in my environment.

The purpose of comparing these three human development theories is basically to figure out their implications to parenting and early childhood education by analyzing the characteristics of the stages of these theories in childhood development. Through this research, I will be able to define the concrete examples of characteristics human development theories' stages in my life, which means that theoretical knowledge will be shaped in my mind through personal...