Maturation Theory

  • Gesell
  • This theory establishes growth and behavior norms in child development.
  • It suggests that growth is pre-determined from conception.
  • It is a qualitative theory. This theory doesn't just focus on what age a child is when they walk, but also the way a child walks AND the age.
  • The rates are usually the same for all children: growth, development, and age. However, it can vary among children.
  • This theory gives parents and teachers a guideling for which to compare their children and students to during growth, between birth and puberty.
  • This theory suggests that the internal clock of a child is what governs growth and behavior.