As we have learned throughout this unit sociocultural theory allows us to explore the contributions that society makes to an individual’s development. Your final paper and signature assignment will focus on how cultural diversity impacts and influences human development. In addition, you will have the opportunity to highlight how individuals and groups shape reciprocal identities, perceptions, behaviors and/or interactions. This paper is academic and reflective in nature. In order to build cultural competency within the field of psychology it is important to understand your own culture, other individual’s cultures, and how the two intersect. This final paper will focus on the reflection of your own culture and how it influenced you as a child and adolescent.
Please write a 4-6 page paper in APA style and format addressing the following:
After exploring your own community, the history, and the culture in the area you grew up, please identify and share socio-cultural influences which impacted your development.
Explain the group behavior, social change, and social trade-offs that you experienced as a child and adolescent.
Summarize the process by which individuals adjust their views and behaviors as a result of interacting with others and how interaction between individual, group, organizational, community, and societal factors affect behavior. Please give personal examples from your own experience.
Explain why it is important to understand cultural context in respect to the development of children and adolescents? How does culture impact the development of cognition?
Last, as a future psychologist which type of research (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods) do you think would best measure how culture impacts cognition in children and adolescents. Please explain why.
Length: 4 to 6 pages
Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins