1) Mechanistic, Organismic, and Contextualist, world views all approach understanding lives differently. Explain.
Theories that share worldviews may differ on the particulars and may even be in opposition on some points, but they still share a set of basic assumptions or building blocks that each has used in arriving at it’s conclusions (Goldhaber, 9). The three developmental worldviews that are most relevant to developmentalists are Mechanistic, Organisic, and Contextualistic. Mechanistic worldview defines humans, as passive individuals functioning like machines by some external force. The Organismic worldview defines individuals as living organism making choices that are oriented towards the future. Contextual worldview defines individuals in contrast to both Mechanists and Organicists worldviews functioning on particular events that form our everyday experiences (Goldhaber, 9).
In the Mechanistic worldview, individuals are merely f...