What Is the Difference between Growth and Development?


Growth is a physical process of becoming larger or longer whereas development is a process, either physical or chemical, in which something transforms (mostly positive) in to a different stage; from a simple inadequate stage to a complex state.
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It is understandably easy to mix up the concepts of growth and development. Growth is defined as increase in size, mass or numbers, while development can be defined as improvement and acquisition of skills, and increase in levels of quality and innovation. Growth can be limited by an absence of resources, but development can still take place with the resources one possesses.
Growth is quantitative measurement whereas development is both quantitative and qualitative. Development compares the physical changes and the cognitive social and emotional change whereas growth only compares the physical changes.
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