Child Development Theorists Project

By: Alyssa & Amanda

Arnold Gesell

Born: June/21/1880

Died: May/29/1961

Background/Biographical Information

He was from Alma, Wisconsin. He also was one of the first psychologists to systematically describe children’s physical, social, and emotional achievements through a quantitative study of human development from birth through adolescence. He focused his research on the extensive study of a small number of children. He began with pre-school children and later extended his work to ages 5 to 10 and 10 to 16. From his findings, Gesell concluded that mental and physical development in infants, children, and adolescents are comparable and parallel orderly processes

type of theorist:






-Children go through preclictable stages of growth.

Six Stages:

1. Smooth

2. Break up

3. Sorting-out

4. Inwardizing

5. Expansion

6. Fitting together

stages of developement:

Equilibrium & Disequilibrium:

Children's development changes clue to a feeling of equilibrium, or calm plateus of learning, and disequlilbrium an unsettled time of rapid growth/learning.


As a freshman gradually turns into a senior that freshman slowly matures.
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