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Which of the following statements does not represent assumptions that stage theories share?

A. Each stage builds on the knowledge of the previous stage.

B. Each stage corresponds to a specific age.

C. A child can pass through the stages in any order.

D. Each stage is qualitatively different than the next.

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Answer: C. A child can pass through the stages in any order.

The answer is C. Instead, one of the assumptions of the stage theory is that every person goes through the stages in sequential order.

Some examples of stage theories developed over the years are Sigmund Freud’s stages of psychosexual development, Jean Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, etc. They all share similar hypotheses:

1. People undergo stages in sequential order and each stage is an improvement on the capacities developed in a People pass through stages in a preceding stage

2. Each stage is characterized by a certain age group

3. Development is not continuous, as various capacities emerge randomly in every stage

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