Piaget's Learning Theories

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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
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These essential skills allow children to process sensory information and eventually learn to evaluate, analyse, remember, make comparisons and understand cause and effect. Although some cognitive skill development is related to a child 's inherited makeup, most cognitive skills are learned. That means thinking and learning skills can be enhanced with practice and the right training (Gilles, 2015). Jean Piaget’s theory recognises that children go through a series of stages which allows them to advance and develop their cognitive skills and abilities. Jean Piaget’s theory relates to cognitive development as he was the first psychologist to make a systematic study of cognitive development. His contributions include a theory of cognitive child development, thorough observational studies of cognition in children. Before Piaget’s work, the shared theory in psychology was that children were less capable thinkers than adults. With Jean Piaget’s theory it illustrates that children think in unusual ways compared to adults. According to Piaget, children are born with a very basic mental structure which is inherited and evolved on which all following learning and knowledge is based (McLeod, 2015). Ecological development for children involves the division of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms (Dictionary.com, 2015). …show more content…
Jean Piaget’s critical point of cognitive development was discussed and how it relates to the theory. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s critical point of ecological development was discussed and how it relates to the theory. Jean Piaget and Urie Bronfenbrenner’s beliefs have been related to a role as an Early Childhood Educator while providing examples of how these theories apply to the development of infants, toddlers and young children and their families. The differences between Dr Rangimarie Turuki Pere, Jean Piaget and Urie Bronfenbrenner have been briefly outlined. Two examples of how the chosen theories relates to Te Whariki has been

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