Development Theories Essay

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b. Explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the difference is important The sequence of child development is common amongst most children and we can follow our milestone or developmental stage study for a gauge, but what often changes is the rate in which they develop. So rate is how quick they develop to the stage. It is important that we monitor the rate in order to put in place definite methods of intervention or help they need in order for their development to progress in whichever phase of their learning they are struggling in. It is very important to understand that while the sequence of development is fairly general to all children the rate (speed) of development can vary. c. Explain how theories of development and frameworks to support development influence current practice A theory of child or young person development is a set of principles in which a child or young person might develop. These theories help to predict development. These theories though are products of research and so are influenced by the culture in which they are carried out. Research provides evidence for and against various theories of child or young person development. Examples of these theories are: Piaget - Four stages 0-2yrs sensory motors differentiates self from objects, recognizes self as an action and begins to act intentionally e.g. shakes rattle to make a noise. 2-7yrs pre-operational, learns to use language and to represent objects by images and words, thinking is still egocentric: difficulty taking the viewpoint of others. Classifies objects by a single feature e.g. groups together all red blocks regardless of shape. 7-11yrs concrete operational can think logically about objects and events, achieves conservation of numbers, mass, and weight.11+ Formal operational can think logically about abstract propositions and

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