Jean Piaget 's Theories On Learning

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As a future educator, I believe that every child that I will teach has a unique way of learning and needs a stimulating atmosphere to learn efficiently. Over the years teaching, children grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Being an educator, it is my responsibility to help them fulfill each of these areas to their fullest potential. Doing so, I have to provide them a safe environment, opportunities to share new ideas, and encourage to take risks. The children that I will be teaching in special education will range from ages four to thirteen years old. By taking educational psychology this semester, it has helped me learn that there are many theorists who provide their theories on learning. Certain theorists stuck out to me in which they hypothesized how educating should be brought upon or the stages that one needs to fulfill before moving on. Piaget, Vygotsky, and Maslow all address theoretical perspectives, which I believe will play a role in my teaching philosophy. Jean Piaget hypothesized that children go through a series of four stages: sensorimotor, pre-operational, concrete operational, and formal operational stage. In teaching, I will focus on the pre-operational, concrete operational, and formal operational stages because of the age range that I will be teaching in special education. Each stage focuses on a different aspect of development and accomplishments that go with it. The pre-operational stage, age’s two to seven, states that children
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