E100 Tma 02

TMA 02

How do theories of Piaget and Vygotsky influence my everyday practice in working with young children?

In this assignment I have been given the opportunity to reflect back and look at how the theories of Jean Piaget and Len Vygotsky have an impact on my daily activities that I carry out in my school. Both Piaget and Vygotsky‘s theories play a huge part in everyday school life. Even though their theories were devised many years ago they are still very much evident in classrooms today. Piaget’s approach was cognitive while Vygotsky believed that social implications played a leading role. Having said that, both Piaget and Vygotsky thought that curriculum should be based on children’s interests. On the E100 DVD seen at 00;44 --, Kirsty supported the children whilst they are involved in painting   (The Open University 2012).Her approach is similar to my role in that she guides the children to the next step without taking over their play. Allowing them to experiment. She is shown supporting children with the development of their fine motor as well as their sharing skills. These are learning outcomes which feature in my setting too. She is continuously praising the child through her facial expression. I also give positive encouragement to children in a similar way. Kirsty stated ‘”They love to share the painting with us, they love to touch your face and see the paint on us too” This shows the importance of adult interaction through play. Piaget focused on the importance of experiences a child gains from their surroundings. And the important role that plays in their learning. When a child enters our nursery they are assessed using the Baseline and based on their results we can find out what is their stage of development. This then allows appropriate task to be set and suitable resources provided by ourselves for the children. In my setting, we follow the Foundation Phase which sets out what children should be taught (in Wales) and the expected standards of...