2.3- Theorists

2.3 - Explain how theories of development and frameworks to support development influence current practice support

Research information / guidance

Choose 3 theorists to research PLUS social pedagogy

Theories / theorists

    • Cognitive – Piaget

    • Psychoanalytic – Freud

    • Humanist – Maslow

    • Social learning – Bandura

    • Operant conditioning – Skinner

    • Behaviourist – Watson

Frameworks to support development

    • Social pedagogy (the teaching)

Identify what the theory is, that the theorist is explaining (not when and where they were born)

Give examples of how this is reflected in your school

    • Activities

    • Teaching styles

    • Curriculum / Planning

    • Policies and procedures (behaviour, Every child matters

Useful web sites / reading








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Maslow believed that people were driven to fulfil their potential. He believed that all humans have certain needs that need to be taken care of. He also believed that when one set of needs had been completed a new set of needs would be come known. Through mallows research and studies Maslow came to the conclusion that humans are driven to satisfy their needs for example if we are thirsty or hungry we go and get something to eat or drink. He also believe that some of our needs take priority over others. So he came up with the hiaracie of needs.

1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc....