Theoretical Perspectives On Child Development Essay

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A: Evaluate the influence of theoretical perspectives on aspects of practice which affect the development of children Both of the two theorists that I had chosen had different theories on how children developed and learned intellectually and emotionally. Jean Piaget’s theory on intellectual development is based on children learning by doing things themselves. He believed that children should learn at their own pace and that the children were coming up with their ideas based on their different experiences through life for example, when children are playing in the home corner, they pretend to be their mom or dad in the kitchen pretending to cook or clean. Piaget also used the term ‘schemas’ to mean a child’s conclusions or thoughts. He believed that the schemas would change pieces of information for children. An example of a schema is, “For example, a person might have a schema about buying a meal in a restaurant. The schema is a stored form of the pattern of behaviour which includes looking at a menu, ordering food, eating it and paying the bill. This is an example of a type of schema called a 'script'.” ( One…show more content…
He believed that children needed a key worker in order to help them feel safe and secure within the setting. Bowlby also believed that it helped children build close relationships with people from a young age, so they wouldn’t have problems building these relationships when they are older. Bowlby found that children who did not have relationships with others found it hard to socialise and be comfortable around other people than children who had that close relationship, “His findings suggested that children who were at an early age, deprived of a relationship with their primary carers were more likely to have behavioural problems in later life.” (Tassoni, 2007, page
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