Although linear and non-linear progress is most common, almost no aspect of human change follows an exact linear pattern.
Development takes place within many contexts. Certain innovations and experiences shape the people in each cohort and generation. Social Economic Class impacts life long development.
Learning within each culture looks different and human behaviors are passed down from generation to generation.
Development is connected to prior events but also to change.
Basic Contours of Human Development
A group of ideas, assumptions, and generalizations that interpret and illuminate the thousands of observations that have been made about human growth. Helps provide the framework for explaining the patterns and problems of development.