It encompasses both intra- and interpersonal processes. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child2 Infants experience, express, and perceive emotions before they fully understand them. In learning to recognize, label, manage, and communicate their emotions and to perceive and attempt to understand the emotions of others, children build skills that connect them with family, peers, teachers, and the community.
Be able to identify and describe the main areas of cognitive development. Be able to describe major theories of cognitive development and what distinguishes them.
Understand how nature and nurture work together to produce cognitive development. Understand why cognitive development is sometimes viewed as discontinuous and sometimes as continuous.
Know some ways in which research on cognitive development is being used to improve education. Introduction By the time you reach adulthood you have learned a few things about how the world works. People accumulate all this useful knowledge through the process of cognitive development, which involves a multitude of factors, both inherent and learned.
Cognitive development in childhood is about change. One Laptop per Child, https: Defining thinking can be problematic, because no clear boundaries separate thinking from other mental activities. Thinking obviously involves the higher mental processes: However, thinking also involves other mental processes that seem more basic and at which even toddlers are skilled—such as perceiving objects and events in the environment, acting skillfully on objects to obtain goals, and understanding and producing language.
Research Evidence. hroughout this presentation of the framework, claims have been made that are founded in empirical research. Alexander Romanovich Luria, one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, is best known for his pioneering work on the development of language and thought, mental retardation, and the cortical organization of higher mental processes. In the era of globalization, learning a second language during childhood can provide developmental and social benefits. This topic aims to further understanding of the impacts of bilingualism on children’s cognitive development and suggests the most favourable learning contexts.
As the name suggests, cognitive development is about change. To find out, she brought an unusually even-tempered cat named Maynard to a psychology laboratory and allowed the 3- to 6-year-old participants in the study to pet and play with him.
There are several main types of theories of child development. Information processing theoriessuch as that of David Klahr, examine the mental processes that produce thinking at any one time and the transition processes that lead to growth in that thinking.
At the heart of all of these theories, and indeed of all research on cognitive development, are two main questions: In the remainder of this module, we examine the answers that are emerging regarding these questions, as well as ways in which cognitive developmental research is being used to improve education.
Nature and Nurture The most basic question about child development is how nature and nurture together shape development. Nature refers to our biological endowment, the genes we receive from our parents. Nurture refers to the environments, social as well as physical, that influence our development, everything from the womb in which we develop before birth to the homes in which we grow up, the schools we attend, and the many people with whom we interact.
The nature-nurture issue is often presented as an either-or question: Is our intelligence for example due to our genes or to the environments in which we live? In fact, however, every aspect of development is produced by the interaction of genes and environment.
At the most basic level, without genes, there would be no child, and without an environment to provide nurture, there also would be no child. The way in which nature and nurture work together can be seen in findings on visual development. Many people view vision as something that people either are born with or that is purely a matter of biological maturation, but it also depends on the right kind of experience at the right time.
For example, development of depth perceptionthe ability to actively perceive the distance from oneself to objects in the environment, depends on seeing patterned light and having normal brain activity in response to the patterned light, in infancy Held, If no patterned light is received, for example when a baby has severe cataracts or blindness that is not surgically corrected until later in development, depth perception remains abnormal even after the surgery.
A child that is perceived to be attractive and calm may receive a different sort of care and attention from adults and as a result enjoy a developmental advantage.
Also contributing to the complex interplay of nature and nurture is the role of children in shaping their own cognitive development. From the first days out of the womb, children actively choose to attend more to some things and less to others.
When children are young, their parents largely determine their experiences: In contrast, older children and adolescents choose their environments to a larger degree.
Thus, the issue is not whether cognitive development is a product of nature or nurture; rather, the issue is how nature and nurture work together to produce cognitive development. Some aspects of the development of living organisms, such as the growth of the width of a pine tree, involve quantitative changeswith the tree getting a little wider each year.
Other changes, such as the life cycle of a ladybug, involve qualitative changeswith the creature becoming a totally different type of entity after a transition than before Figure 1. Continuous and discontinuous development.Social and Emotional Learning Social and Emotional Learning is about helping students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.
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Infant cognitive development is the study of how psychological processes involved in thinking and knowing develop in young children. Information is acquired in a number of ways including through sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and language, all of which require processing by our cognitive system.
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