General Theorists And The General Theories Essay

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This essay will discuss two general theorists and one Maori/Pasifika theorist and give an overview of their theories. It will discuss two critical points and explain how these points relate to the chosen theories. It will also relate to the theorists beliefs to the role as a nanny and provide examples of how the theories apply to the development of infants, toddlers, young children and their families. This essay will briefly outline the differences between the Maori theorist and compare the general theorists and include two examples of how these theories relate to Te Whariki.

Jean Piaget was a cognitive theorist and “psychologist who identified stages of mental development, and established the fields of cognitive theory and developmental psychology” (, n.d.) who was born on August 9th, 1896 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Jean Piaget’s three children influenced his work as he used them in his case studies of child development. He graduated from the University of Neuchatel graduated in 1916 when he was twenty years old, then went on to get his doctorate of Biology at the age of 22. Piaget’s cognitive theory is made up of 3 components; schemas; adaptation processes and the four stages of development. The first component to his cognitive theory is the four stages of child development, the sensorimotor stage (birth – 2 years) which involves learning through motor actions, the preoperational stage (2 years – 7 years) which involves children developing intelligence by

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