The Theory Of Education On Children 's Brain Development

1493 Words Nov 9th, 2016 6 Pages
In life there is always something going on in the background and music surrounds us every day whether we notice it or not. So why not intrigue students by bringing it into the classroom? There is a lot of benefits to having music in the classroom and it helps students expand on their knowledge. However, to bring it into the classroom a teacher needs to acknowledge how children learn. There is a multitude of research on children’s brain development. Therefore let us dive into the findings and beliefs of Swiss psychologist Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. According to the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, “Johann’s theories have laid the foundation of modern elementary education.” His theory of education stresses the importance that the individuality of a child is foremost. As noted above, Pestalozzi broke from the mold of the predominant system beliefs of strict discipline and memorization learning. This approach is more child-centered than a teacher-approach to teaching. It focuses on the child’s needs and interests. It encourages a loving environment and it replaces the authority of strict discipline. Furthermore, Pestalozzi was inspired and expanded on Jean Jacques Rousseau’s findings. He refined his thoughts on ‘head, heart, and hands’ in harmonious unity. Pestalozzi stated that the ‘head’ forms the cognitive capacity to think and understand. In addition, he stated the ‘heart’ is the sense of direction and inner dignity within us. The last element, the ‘hands’ represents…
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