Aspects of Theories


Week 2 – Discussion 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Aspects of Theories

After reading Chapters 3 and 6 in your textbook and viewing the ECE 101 Theorist Gallery Tour (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., it is likely that a few theoretical models are of interest to you.  In this discussion you will explain the two theoretical models you related the most with and tell how the theorists’ ideas align with your current beliefs about how children learn, grow, and develop. This will help as you work to understand who you are as an early childhood educator.


Theorists   and Theories


Piaget: Theory of Cognitive   Development


Vygotsky: Sociocultural Theory of   Development


Gardner: Theory of Multiple   Intelligences


Skinner: Operant Conditioning   Theory


Bandura: Social Learning Theory


Freud: Psychosexual Theory of   Development


Erikson: Theory of Psychosocial   Development


Kohlberg: Theory of Moral   Development

Initial post: Your initial post should include the following: Describe the two theoretical models  you connect      with the most. Explain your thinking.  Summarize the models in your own words. Explain specifically how/why each model aligns with       your belief about how children learn, grow and develop. Describe a real-life example for each theoretical       model. For example, if you have seen a teacher provide scaffolding,       explain what you saw and how it aligns with Vygotsky.

Guided Response: Read and respond to at least two of your peers’ posts who chose at least one different theoretical model than you did. In your responses,  ask questions of your peer that will help you learn more about their choice or about how you might use this theoretical model in your work with children.