The Cultural And Contextual Impacts Of A Child 's Development

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Piaget, Gesell, Erikson are all theorists that looks and discusses the development of a child. Each theorist looks at the different domains of a child’s development. Piaget looks at the cognitive development, Gesell looks at the physical and Erikson looks at the emotional development. Bronfenbrenner’s theory will also be looked at as it examines the cultural and contextual impacts of a child’s development. Ruby will be the child that will be looked in this essay. She is in the early childhood stage, sitting at the age of three.

In Piaget’s cognitive development theory, Ruby is currently in the Preoperational stage. In this stage children increase the social and verbal interactions (Santrock, 2014). Limitations to Ruby’s pre operational thoughts are animism, egocentrism and centration. Animism and egocentrism falls under the symbolic function sub stage, where they begin to mentally represent objects that it does not represent. Animism is where children at Ruby’s age starts giving inanimate objects lifelike characteristics. In Ruby’s case, she would play with Lego toys by dressing them up and makes food for them. Giving them human like characteristic. Egocentrism, it is where children can’t distinguish problems and situation in others perspective and assume what they feel, see, or hear is the same for others (Santrock, 2014). An example of this is when Ruby struggles to say goodbye to her mum. She is not able to understand why her mum has to leave. Centration where children…
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