Nature vs. Nurture Child Development: Exploring Key Differences
Definitions: Nature vs. Nurture Child Development
- Empiricists believe that the ultimate source of all concepts and knowledge is our sense experience.
- Rationalists hold that the content of concepts and knowledge may at times surpass the information that sense experience alone provides. They also believe that some form of reasoning is the source of this added information about the world.
- At one end is the extreme nature position of nativists, who believe that behavioral tendencies, personality, and mental abilities are determined solely by heredity.
- At the opposite end is the extreme nurture position of empiricists, who consider a person’s psychological and physiological makeup to be entirely the result of their sense experiences.