Culture and Development Paper
University of Phoenix
Instructor Cari Cephus
April 9, 2012
Culture and Development Paper
In today’s world, there are many different cultures. Culture is part of an infant/child’s development. The infant/child’s culture helps them develop into who they become when they are adults. A person’s culture has influence on their eating, sleeping, and everyday activities. In this paper, the factors that make up a person’s culture, how the culture influences infant and toddler development, and whether nature or nurture has a stronger influence will be discussed.
There are many factors that make up a person’s culture. Culture is not just a person’s race or ethnicity. Some factors that make up a person’s culture can include a combination of thoughts, attitudes, feelings, values, beliefs, behavioral patterns, class, physical abilities, mental ...view middle of the document...
(Zion, Kozleski, & Fulton, 2005)
There are many ways that a person’s culture influences the development of an infant and toddler. A culture can dictate or state how an infant is fed, how the infant/toddler sleeps, how they interact with other individuals, when milestones should be met, and what is developmentally appropriate for the infant/toddler. For example, in one country toddlers use knives without a second thought to it but in the majority of the United States this is considered inappropriate. Another example is the sleeping habits of an infant. In the United States an infant usually sleeps alone by the time they are only a few months old while in other countries the infant sleeps with their mother until the time when they are toddlers. (McNulty, 2003)
I believe that nature and nurture both are equally important and influential on an infant and toddler’s development. I believe that both play equally because it is nature that determines an infant’s genetic factors such as eye color, hair color, shape of their nose, their height just to name a few. Nature also determines an infant’s susceptibility to certain diseases. Nurture plays just as important role in infant development. If a child is shown love and support they will be more than likely to grow up treating other individuals the same way. How a child is nurtured is how the child’s personality is going to be, in my opinion. If a child is grown up around arguing and fighting, then that child has a more chance of growing up thinking that is the way people are supposed to be treated.
As stated in this paper, culture and development go hand in hand with each other when pertaining to an infant or toddler. It is important to show children that they are cared for and loved. It is also important for the child to know that they do have choices in life.
McNulty, J. (2003, March 24) New book shows how culture shapes human development. Retrieved from http://www1.ucsc.edu/currents/02-03/03-24/human_development.html
Zion, S., Kozleski, E., and Fulton, M.L. (2005, October) Understanding Culture. Retrieved from http://www.urbanschools.org/pdf/understanding.culture.LETTER.pdf