Social Cultural Theory: Vygotsky Essay

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Reflective learning response 1

There are a number of ways as a teacher that I can use Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory within the classroom to enhance student’s learning and development. Vygotsky’s main idea was that learning and development should be a social collaborative activity and through scaffolding the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) this learning can and will be achieved (Bodrova & Leong, 2007).
The interaction between children is just as crucial as interactions children have with adults or teachers. It is important for students in their own mind, to build a solid understanding of all content areas (Berk, 2013). Therefore, by supporting collaborative activities in my classroom, I will enhance the learning environment by
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Learning in schools should occur in a meaningful context (Marsh, 2010). As a teacher, I will need to ensure students are involved and excited in their learning. By relating students’ out of school experiences to their in school experience I will engage my students and be using their out of school knowledge as foundations to what and how I will be teaching them in class; thus incorporating Vygotsky’s ZPD concept.
Therefore, by using Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory I am offering an effective but engaging learning environment, thus allowing students to develop their needs within a scaffolded and supported environment. The use of Vygotsky’s theory in my teaching will help me to become a better educator. Learning response 2

The ability for a child to independently explore their environment and learning to manipulate materials will contribute positively to the child’s development of visual development stages such as their vision, depth perception, and face recognition.
When independently exploring children rely on vision more than any of their other senses and when a child is born their vision is least developed due to “visual structures in both the eye and the brain are not yet fully formed.” (Berk, 2013, p. 158). Newborns cannot focus their eyes as well as an adults, and their visual acuity is restricted (Berk, 2013, p. 159). As newborns cannot see very well and eye movement can be slow and vague, they
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