Discussion Thread: Empirically Based Theories

Researchers who study lifespan development approach the field from several perspectives. Each general perspective encompasses one or more theories – broad, organized explanations and predictions concerning phenomena of interest. Developmental theories provide a framework for understanding the relationships among a seemingly unorganized set of fact or principles.

Detail one human growth and development theory and discuss its empirical support. Then read Defining Spiritual Development: A Missing Consideration for Student Affairs (Love & Talbot, 2009), and discuss research on spiritual development and how it could be connected to the other areas of development (physical, emotional, and social).

DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The student will complete 5 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread between
400-500 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student
must then post 1 reply between 200-250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned
Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly
citations in current APA format, as well as 1 biblical principle. Any sources cited must have been
published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include peer reviewed journal articles

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