Lev Vygotsky's Learning And Development

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This essay will discuss how an event in my life influenced the way I grew up, and how it shaped and developed my beliefs, values and attitudes and how they affected the way I played. It will relate to Lev Vygotsky and how his theory relates to my event and the way I grew up. It will also link and discuss how I was brought up relates to Te Whariki and how Vygotsky’s theory suggests adults should support children’s learning and development.
Growing up there were several events that happened that influenced who I am today. What I consider to be the greatest influential event during my childhood was learning to read and how it transpired. I was an only child until I was nearly six, which as a result meant I did not have role models other than
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At an early age I was taught to respect and listen to people older than me, especially when they were trying to teach me something. My value of learning, education and my own academic achievement stemmed from developing an interest in reading and learning to read at an early age. I favoured doing my homework, schoolwork and reading, moreover than playing sport, although I did spend a fair amount of time running around outside, both at home and at school. Role modelling off Connor meant that I would eventually attempt to teach my brother how to read when he was born, in the same way Connor did with me. The way my beliefs, values and attitudes influenced how I grew up coincide with points from Vygotsky’s …show more content…
In order for scaffolding to be beneficial, it must be responsive to the child’s needs (Coon & Mitterer, 2013, pp. 106-107). Scaffolding correlates to one of Vygotsky’s significant concepts; the Zone of Proximal Development. The Zone of Proximal Development is construed as being the grey area between what children can nearly do and what they can actually do with support. Vygotsky understood that some tasks can be just faint of a child’s ability. In this sense, the mental skills needed to complete the task are predominantly present, although, in order to be resolved by themselves it is slightly too complex (LeBlanc & Bearison, 2004). This links in with the Contribution strand in Te Whariki, and goal three of Contribution relates best to the way I grew up. Goal three states “Children experience an environment where they are encouraged to learn with and alongside others” (Ministry of Education, 1996, p. 16). As a child, I was encouraged to peer tutor as well as accept and provide help to others when needed. This explains why I was eager to read alongside my brother after he was born. One specific area of development for children is “growing sense of self-identity and of self as learner” (Ministry of Education, 1996, p. 21). This identifies with my childhood in the way that I strived myself to learn about new

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