Theory refers to an organized set of concepts that explains a phenomenon or set of phenomena.


Other /More definition:

Theory is a term in Human development that refers to an organized set of ideas that is designed to explain (human) development.

There are five (5) general perpectives that influence current research, although in truth there are comprehensive theories of human development to guide research:

  1. Psychodynamic theory
  2. Learning theory
  3. Cognitive theory
  4. Ecological and systems theory
  5. Theories involving the life-span perspective, selective optimization with compensation, and the life-course perspective.

 

Related Articles

Biobehavioral information processing model at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■■■■
- Biobehavioral information processing model : Biobehavioral information processing model refers to a . . . Read More
Learning theory at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■■■■
Learning theory refers one of the general perspectives and comprehensive theories in human developement. . . . Read More
Baltes Life-span perspective/Social optimization with compensation (SOC) at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■■
- Baltes Life-span perspective/Social optimization with compensation (SOC) : Baltes Life-span perspective/Social . . . Read More
Formal operations at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■■
Formal operations refers to the fourth stage in Piaget's Cognitive-developmental theory that is characterized . . . Read More
Conversation Theory at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■
Conversation Theory refers to a learning theory developed by Gordon Pask originated from a cybernetics . . . Read More
Equilibration at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■
Equilibration is a term in Piaget's Theory referring to the process by which Balance is restored to the . . . Read More
Sociocultural perspective at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■
Sociocultural perspective refers to the theory of psychology that states that it is necessary to understand . . . Read More
Psychodynamic theories at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■
Psychodynamic theories refer to theories developed by Freud's followers, but usually differing somewhat . . . Read More
Ecological systems theory at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■
Ecological systems theory refers to Bronfenbrenner’s model emphasizing that the developing person is . . . Read More
Life-course perspective at psychology-glossary.com■■■■■■■
Life-course perspective refers to a theory which proposed that life course transitions decreasingly tied . . . Read More