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Major Developmental Themes Is development the result of genetics or the result of the love guidance and the upbringing one receives That is a very interesting and personal question In reviewing Table 41 in the textbook regarding where the main developmental theories stand on the six themes in development it appears that most of the theorists involved believe that both nature and nurture have an impact on the development of the child Child Development A Thematic Approach 3rd ed Bukato Daehler 1998 p29 The Ethological theme reports that although behavior is biologically based the environment has an impact and influences behavior patterns Most of the other themes such as the Learning Theory and the Socioculture Theory are based on nurture or environmental experiences with some biological experiences An article on the Internet titled Quotations about Nature Nurture and Nature via Nurture 1998 reports that there are in fact three nature vs nurture issues rather than just one They concern what is innate what is inherited and what is important What is innate to the species in this case Homosapiens Features of human behavior and experience arise from the genes that are shared and without most of which a human child is unlikely to be born with What is inherited We can look at genetically similar or even identical twins that grow up in different environments thus allowing us to learn whether environmental differences between families contribute to final observable differences in behavior and personality Not all physical factors appear to be genetically inherited For example the best-known example of this is the case of eye colors in Homosapiens two brown-eyed parents can have a blue-eyed child if each of them carries the recessive gene for blue eyes as well as the dominant gene for brown eyes Finally what is important With genetic cloning a fact not a possibility a society has to determine what is important to them in todays culture Discussion such
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