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Review your peers’ response. Respond to your peers by using the think, puzzle, explore strategy (listed in the bullet below).

1. What did you think about the ideas in your peer’s post?

1. What questions, or puzzles, do you have about the ideas in their post?

1. What do the ideas in your peer’s post make you want to explore and learn more about?


Explain if you would choose one single theory or a combination of several different theories to represent your view of child development. Why?

Several different theories represent the development of children during different stages of growth and development. For example, according to  Jean Piaget, during the sensorimotor development stage children develop an understanding of their physical world, wherein the  Vygotsky zone of  proximal development states what children can do independently as to what parents and educators might need to scaffold to facilitate cognition and development. Each theory aids in the development and growth of a child, therefore all theory provides valid theories for children’s development.  

Discuss how your theoretical approach aligns with your stance on one of the three basic issues of child development (continuous or discontinuous, one course of development or many, influence of nature and nurture.)

Nature vs nurture is an ongoing debate and understanding that factors such as a child’s genetics influence and impact personality along with their environmental experiences help to better know the child. However, I find it hard to align with just one theoretical approach as through continuous/discontinuous development children gradually grow and evolve through different stages of growth.  

Connect your chosen theories to developmentally appropriate practices in your learning environment.

Through assessments and observations, educators can gain knowledge of children’s development and their interest to provide developmentally appropriate learning needs.  Children construct knowledge and make real-world connections “through their interactions with adults and peers, through active exploration and play, and their observations of people and things in the world around them”. Naeyc,2020.

-Ingrid Beckford


Berk, L. E. (2022).   (9th Edition). SAGE Publications, Inc. (US).

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2020, April). Developing 

Appropriate Practice. NAEYC.


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