To What Extent Do the ‘Grand Theories’ Discussed in Book 1, Chapter 2 Take Account of the Role of Social Experiences in Child Development?

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To what extent do the ‘grand theories’ discussed in Book 1, Chapter 2 take account of the role of social experiences in child development?

Ask any parent about their child’s development, and they’ll often talk about speech and language development, gross motor skills or even physical growth. But a child’s social development—her ability to interact with other children and adults—is a critical piece of the development puzzle.
Children’s Development is a social and cultural as well as a biological process. This is important because as societies become not only culturally diverse but also interconnected, psychological theories are required that fully acknowledge the influence of social context, both within & across cultures.
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ReadingB in Book1 Chapter2 also highlights that the more remote the models are from reality, the weaker is the tendency of children to imitate their behaviour [7].
Social Learning Theory proposes that it is possible for children to learn by observing other people.
Media Kit video1 shows Irish musicians like Tim on the flute & Dan on Bodhran, sharing stories of their deriving the liking for the music / particular instrument from social experiences and looking upto or idolising someone with the same flair in family / peers / idols all during their childhood period[5]. I feel this theory believes that children learning & development is influenced by the social interaction within which he grows .
Bandura’s work shows that children are active learners and can extract general principles from what they observe without the sorts of reinforcement. However the theory does not give any insight into the nature of the children’s thinking nor does it explain children’s cognitive development.

Piaget proposed that all children pass through an ordered sequence of stages of cognitive development; which arises through the processes of intrinsic motivation, assimilation, accommodation and equilibration[8 ].

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