Chapter 4: Child Development Principles and Theories | Crossword


2.Long, thin projections of the neuron or nerve cell that send information to other neurons.
3.Discussion children have with themselves when they “think out loud” as a means of guidance and direction; also referred to as self-talk.
5.A term Piaget used referring to the cognitive structures in which mental representations or concepts are organized.
6.Connections between nerve cells that pass messages in the brain.
7.A white, fatty substance that coats and protects the nerve fibers, and increases the speed at which impulses are transmitted from cell to cell.
8.Term used to refer to a child from the first year until the third birthday. The term is used because of the awkward walking style of children in this age group.
11.The sequence of biological changes in children giving the child new abilities, which is based on their genetics.
12.A set of beliefs on how children develop and learn.
15.Specialized nerve cells that receive and transmit neural impulses and are the building blocks of the brain.
16.A principle or idea that is proposed, researched, and generally accepted as an explanation.


1.Change or growth that occurs in children.
2.Piaget’s term for adding new information into an existing cognitive (mental) structures.
3.The ability of an infant’s brain to change according to stimulation.
4.The characteristics a child inherits genetically from parents.
6.A process in which assistance is provided by adult or another child to support a child’s learning. The support moves the child from his current developmental level to a higher one.
9.Hairlike fibers around the cell body that receive signals.
10.Term used to refer to a child from birth through the first year of life.
13.The behavior, skills, or interest of children that are typical at a certain age. Norms are derived by taking the average of a large group.

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