1. In what ways are the sisters personalities alike and different? How might we attribute these similarities and differences to genetics, shared environment, and non-shared environment? (2 points)

Video Viewing Assignment chapters 1-15

For a full credit, you are required to refer to specific sections  from the book and the aforementioned sources when answering each of the questions. “Googled answers” will NOT be accepted: =zero points per question.  Each answer should minimally be 300 words long. No maximal cap on the responses.  

Video 1)

The Dynamic Child in the Classroom:Nature and Nurture: Similarities and Differences Among Triplets (total of 8 points)



The video introduces you to adult triplets. (They are likely a pair of identical twins and one sister who is not identical to the other two. However, without genetic testing, it is impossible to know for sure.) The triplets reflect on the ways in which their similarities and differences—in childhood and adulthood—were influenced by both nature and nurture.

+after viewing the selected video please answer each question in a minimum of 300 words per question.

Discussion Questions from the Video:

1.   In what ways are the sisters’ personalities alike and different? How might we attribute these similarities and differences to genetics, shared environment, and non-shared environment? (2 points)

2.   How might the sisters’ dating and spousal choices reflect a gene–environment correlation? (2 points)

3.   To what extent do the sisters share interests and activities? How might this be attributed to genetics, shared environment, and non-shared environment? (2 points)

4.   Siblings often try to carve out different niches. Both Chris and Jess are fifth-grade teachers. Listen to Faith talk about her career choice. How might this process be more intense among triplets? (2 points)

Video 2)

Video: Nathan Fox: Describe the Caregiving You Observed While Investigating the Lives of Institutionalized Infants (1:24) (total of 2 points).


This video is on the dynamic nature of development. Nathan Fox discusses the type of caregiving that he observed in Romanian orphanages, and he links this to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of institutionalized children

+after viewing the selected video, write a summary, which includes the following: Summarize the information given in the video using paragraph form (do not use a list); include at least five specific facts, underline each fact. Please discuss the dynamic interaction between the child’s environment and other systems of development in minimum of 300 words.

Video 3)

The Dynamic Child in the Classroom: Motor Development in Early Childhood (8 points total)



This video (6:34) allows you to make direct comparisons between the gross and fine motor skills of toddlers and preschoolers at a large Montessori center.

Discussion Questions from the Video/ +your answer for each question should minimally be 300 words.

1.   What similarities and differences do you observe between the toddlers and the preschoolers in terms of both gross motor and fine motor skills? (2pts)

2.   What similarities and differences do you notice between toddlers and preschoolers in fine motor coordination as they eat? (2 pts)

3.   What differences do you notice in the movements of toddlers and preschoolers? (2 pts)

4.   Do you notice any differences in balancing, walking, or running? (2 pts)

Video 4)

Video: Do Babies Have a Sense of Numbers? (3:17) (2 points total)


This video features Dr. Karen Wynn, who describes her work investigating infant core knowledge of numbers. The video showcases many of the concepts mentioned throughout the semester, such as violation of expectation and habituation. It also shows Dr. Jerome Kagan, who disagrees with Wynn’s conclusions regarding infant numerical core knowledge. Consider the ways that violation of expectation and habituation are used, consider the different conclusions reached by Wynn and Kagan. Which conclusion seems more valid? What evidence supports each side of the debate? Your answer should minimally be 300 words.

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