Supporting Children's Learning: A Guide for Teaching Assistants explains all the key ideas on how children learn and how best to support children in that learning. Covering all major themes, this book offers an introduction to main theories of learning and development from birth to primary including brain and emotional and social development; an introduction to what motivates learners to learn, and how much learners understand about how learning takes place; a glossary of terms; and case studies, research summaries and tasks for reflection.

Big Theory 2: Piaget and the Constructivists

Big theory 2: Piaget and the constructivists

‘Stage’ is such a common part of the vocabulary when we deal with children and young people that it is hard to remember it was once a new idea. We talk about, ‘He's at this or that stage’, as a sort of shorthand which sets up expectations about conduct, learning and achievement, as well as for development. If we understand that each of us constructs our own understanding then this is another Piagetian idea: he saw learners as doing just this. This chapter explores:

  • The work of Piaget
  • How well does the theory work?
  • Information processing
  • Implications for teaching: constructivism

What is Constructivism?

The behaviourist will assert that anyone can be taught anything provided the steps in learning ...

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