Learning aims

Learning aims have been provided to help keep track of the key concepts you need to master in each chapter:

  • be familiar with the major theoretical contributions to the study of socialization, including group socialization theory
  • understand the role of play in social development, the functions associated with play and the different types of play
  • be able to describe the developmental course of peer interaction and define key concepts such as dominance hierarchies, cliques and crowds
  • understand the importance of peer acceptance for social development and the consequences of low peer
    status, and be able to describe the various categories of peer acceptance based on sociometric techniques
  • be familiar with the processes of friendship formation and the development of conceptions of friendship across childhood
  • be able to define theory of mind and describe the course of theory-of-mind development
  • be able to describe the development of a sense of self and explain the importance of the rouge test
  • be able to explain Selman’s model of the development of perspective taking