Among the many reasons behind the emergence of the field of child development is the fact that it became noticed that many children were being subjected to child labor, just as they were being exposed to dangerous conditions. This is what triggered an increasing need for the protection of children in the workplace. It also led to an advocacy for their education without interference. Basically, the same central issues in child development that were discussed historically are the same today.
There are still questions regarding how people get to be who they are today and how people change (Beaudoin, Moersch & Evare, 2016). There are also questions regarding continuous and discontinuous development processes. Continuous development is when development is slow and steady, while discontinuous development is when there are notable changes in development. The latter is where stages come in. Lastly, there are issues regarding individuality, considering the fact that people are different. This leads to more questions regarding the predictability of a child’s future individuality and whether it is possible to determine the same (Beaudoin, Moersch & Evare, 2016).
There are different areas of development. These are; physical, cognitive, social and emotional (Beaudoin, Moersch & Evare, 2016). Physical development refers to the growth of the body. Cognitive development refers to the improvement of thinking and language skills. Social development, refers to the improvement in interaction with others. Lastly, emotional development refers to the progress in understanding and handling personal feelings. All these areas are present within an individual and they progress over time once a child goes through different life experiences and situations.
In conclusion, I have learnt the specific issues in child development and why they are so important. I have also learnt about the different ways through which child development can be noted in an individual.
Beaudoin, M., Moersch, M., & Evare, B. S. (2016). The Effectiveness of Narrative Therapy With Children’s Social and Emotional Skill Development: An Empirical Study of 813 Problem-Solving Stories. Journal Of Systemic Therapies, 35(3), 42-59. doi:10.1521/jsyt.2016.35.3.42