Early Childhood Development

s an early childhood professional, it is expected you will understand and apply foundational knowledge and theories in the field. Foundational knowledge and theoretical understanding provides a framework for you to utilize when you are working with infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. Additionally, your understanding of the foundational knowledge and theories will inform and shape your professional practices. For this discussion you will start by completing the Theoretical Frameworks Venn Diagram using your assigned grouping below. If you are unsure of how to complete a Venn diagram, the video How to Make a Venn Diagram provides a helpful lesson. When completing your Venn Diagram, make sure to include the foundations of each theory, how the theory connects to the four main themes shared in Chapter 1 of the course text (nature/nurture, continuous/discontinuous, domain specific vs. domain general, performance and competence), and the limitations of the theory. Before starting your discussion, it will help to review the Week One Instructor Guidance for additional information, resources, and support for excelling in this discussion.

First Letter of Last Name

Theories to Compare and Contrast

Last Name Begins with A-F

Piagetian Theory/ Social Constructivist Theory

After completing the Venn diagram, compose a response addressing the items listed below. Include your reflection and the Venn diagram with your initial post. Click the paperclip icon below the message area in your post to attach your Venn diagram.

Explain how the theoretical frameworks shared in your Venn diagram support cognitive development. Make sure to include at least one example to support your reasoning.
Discuss which of the theoretical perspectives resonates with you the most, the least, and provide a rationale as to why.
Provide at least one example of how knowledge of these theoretical perspectives may influence your ability to provide quality experiences that support cognitive development beginning with infants and toddlers.
If you are currently working with children, explain how these theories/approaches influence your work. If you are not currently working with children, explain how you see these theories/approaches impacting your future work with young children.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your peers. In your responses, discuss how you can provide families with an awareness of the theoretical perspectives your peer shared in their initial reply that will support their child’s learning and cognitive development at home beginning with infancy. In addition, describe a sample activity that families could do with their children to promote the development of circular reactions, object permanence, habituation, or preference that would align with their chosen theoretical perspective. Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you. This will further the conversation and provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.