Reflection About The Learner

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Children’s normal pattern of growth and development and the factors that affect this is tantamount to understanding the learner. Children’s develop as individuals are molded by both external factors and internal factors; that is factors outside the home and inside the home. These factors include but not limited to genetics, nutrition, hygiene, environment, nature and nurture. I believe that as a teacher it is of vital importance to have a full grasp of the challenges the students face on a daily basis in order to have an understanding of them. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Therefore as teacher it is imperative the not only seek to broaden the minds of the learners’ but to also expose them to real world scenarios. There are many different theorists that speak about a child’s growth and development, for example Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud, Erick Erickson and many more. Jean Piaget’s view of how children's minds work and develop has been enormously influential, particularly in educational theory. His particular insight was the role of maturation (simply growing up) in children's increasing capacity to understand their world: they cannot undertake certain tasks until they are psychologically mature enough to do so. He proposed that children's thinking does not develop entirely smoothly: instead, there are certain points at which it "takes off" and moves into completely new areas and capabilities. He saw these transitions as taking place at about 18 months, 7 years and 11 or 12 years. This has been taken to mean that before these ages, children are not capable (no matter how bright) of understanding things in certain ways, and has been used as the basis for scheduling the school curriculum. Piaget outlined several principles for building cognitive structures. During all development stages, the child experiences his or her environment
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