Major Theories Of Human Development And Learning Essay

1587 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
This essay will discuss major theories of human development and learning including Māori perspectives. These theories will then explain two critical points and how they are related to the theory. The chosen theorist beliefs will then be related to a role as an Early Childhood Educator while providing examples of how these theories apply to the development of infants, toddlers and/ or young children and their families. The differences between a Māori theorist and the two general perspectives will be briefly outlined. Two examples of how the chosen theories relate to Te Whariki will also be included.
Jean Piaget was born on August 9, 1896, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. At 10 years old, Piaget’s fascination with mollusks. In 1923 he married Valentine Chatenay and the couple had three children, Jacqueline, Lucienne and Laurent. Being that their father had a passion for children’s ways of thinking, Piaget studied their intellectual development from infancy to the time they could speak. Over the course of his career in child psychology, he identified four stages of mental development, called “schema.” He also developed new fields of scientific study, including a cognitive theory and developmental psychology. He died on September 16, 1980, in Geneva, Switzerland (McLeod, 2015). Cognitive development is Jean Piaget 's theory. Through a series of stages, Piaget proposed four stages of cognitive development: the sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational and formal operational…

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