This week, we look into the influence of nature and nurture, delve into the controversy over parental influence, examine the historical and social contexts of family influence, look into scientifically proven best-and not the best-practices of parenting. We look further at the influence of the social and cultural environment that shapes parenting practices and beliefs, especially in the context of the modern connected world and the melting pot of our modern, diverse society.
Week 2 Objectives
>Describe the effects of early environment on child development in relation to the type of environment provided by the parent.
>Compare and contrast the effects of nature and nurture in the context of parenting, specifically on how this influences the developing child.
>Critically evaluate the evidence relating to the controversy of the degree of parental influence on children.
>Explain how social and cultural environment shapes parenting practices, attitudes and belief systems.