Essay on Theories And Development Of Children 's Learning

1820 Words Dec 20th, 2016 8 Pages
As there is an increase in the expected requirements for mathematics within the curriculum, some individuals argue that high amounts of pressure will be placed upon pupils to complete work which exceeds their capabilities which may lead to the creation of confusion, misconceptions and misunderstanding (Dracup, 2015). However, Hansen et al. (2014: 1) believes that misconceptions in children’s learning are critical to comprehend how children learn and how to embrace these concepts to support every child’s ‘mathematical cognitive development’. Agreeably, Cockburn (2008) mentions that it should be emphasised that misconceptions are not negative but instead they help to reveal children’s reasoning and how they acquire an understanding of mathematical abstractions. Misconceptions can also be tackled and overcome during the lesson and can be turned into productive discussion point which may help to highlight pupils’ perceptive (Ryan and Williams, 2007). This may also relate to Lev Vygotsky’s cognitive development theory as he believes it is important for a more knowledgeable other to recognise children’s misconceptions in order to provide scaffolding for that learner (Scheurman,1998). (INCLUDE EXAMPLE) On the other hand, Olivier (1989) suggests that from a behaviourist perspective, misconceptions are regarded as insignificant as they do not contemplate students’ current concepts as an influential element of their learning. Nevertheless, Jean Piaget (1936) who studied cognitive…

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