Socio Cultural Perspective Of Child Development Essay

1576 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education [MoE], 1996), the early childhood curriculum of Aotearoa New Zealand underpins a range of developmental theories; which in turn, contributes to the quality in early childhood education and care. This essay will examine the socio-cultural and ecological perspective of child development in respect of quality and care in the early childhood sector of education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The socio-cultural perspective of child development underpins the notion that children are capable, and the educator’s role is to facilitate them in their learning through scaffolding only at the time of need (Lim, & Genishi, 2010; MacNaughton & Williams, 1999). The socio-cultural perspective of child development was developed by Vygotsky, who believed that children are in-born with the capacity for specific patterns of action. However, social interactions play a major role in the acquisition of this sequence of skills, especially, language acquisition. In addition, Vygotsky argued that social interactions also contribute to cognitive development of children. Vygotsky recognized that what is passed from adult to child are a combination of the prior knowledge, current experience, knowledge, values and beliefs of the child’s social group and much more (Duchesne & McMaugh, 2016).
Te Whāriki (MoE, 1996), the early childhood curriculum of Aotearoa New Zealand, underpins the socio-cultural theory of Vygotsky as it empowers the children to take lead in their learning.…

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