Underpinning Essay

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Psychological Underpinnings: A Task at Hand Marchelle Smith EDU-313N Educational Psychology December 23, 2013 Psychological Underpinnings: A Task at Hand When thinking of the cognitive theory of the brain we must first understand that children do not think like adults. We sometimes assume the little adult theory that a child should already know or understand. We often demonstrate this by pointing our fingers and saying” You know better!” We never stop to think that maybe they actually do not know better. We must first understand that the thought process begins with Cognitive Theory. This process will determine how we look at everything and everyone around us. One of the most famous Psychologists on the Cognitive Theory was Piaget. Piaget’s theory was the concern of all children than all learners as well as their development. Piaget was more concerned with qualitative difference when learning. We must also understand the development of the brain and the different stages children go through when cognitive learning begins. The first stage, birth to 3, the neurons in the brain is just beginning to connect. This is where sensory learning begins. They first begin to understand taste and smells. By time they are age 3-11, children are beginning to want to learn more and more. They will ask a lot of questions because their brains are hungry for knowledge. By age 11 they are beginning their adult thought process. By this age they begin to lose certain networks of the brain that have not been used. Today, society has based most learning in public schools according to standardized testing. Standardized test are given to all students at the same time. Students are expected to understand all of the same information and to be able to process it the same way. However, the cognitive theories suggest that all children do not think the same. Thought processes are
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