Cognitive Development Reflection Paper
Another aspect of the sociocultural perspective is the use of cultural tools such as technical and psychological. Vygotsky believed that these tools played a very important role in cognitive development (WOOLFOLK 58). While I agree with this belief I do hold hesitations with the technical tools. I feel that technical tools such as rulers and graph papers are essential tools that are needed to complete certain task, but in this day in age technology is playing a much larger role. Now many students have the access to computers, the internet, phones, and calculators. If these tools are used seldom I believe they are beneficial to cognitive development, such as math programs that are found on the internet that could be used during school or at home. However, if the students begin to rely on these technical tools it could harm their cognitive development. I once worked with a student on math homework which involved equations. One of the steps in the process of finding the answer was doing long division. The student appeared to be stumped on this question and pulled out his phone to use the calculator. If technical skills are taking away from the basic skills learned in education, then I wouldn’t consider them to be beneficial to cognitive development.