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EDU1 0007: Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development for Early Childhood Assignment 3: Reflection Word limit: 1500 (+/- 10%) Weighting: 40% Due date: 5pm AEST Monday 30 September 2019 (Week 12) Student name: Brie Culph Student number: 10232397 Word count:
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The foundation of my perspective is derived from the understanding that children are born pure, and unscathed by the world. Sorin & Galloway (2006) refer to this image as the ‘innocent child.’ The child is an empty vessel, waiting to be filled with knowledge by their facilitator (Shurad & Hall, 2008). The facilitator is responsible for supporting the child through their education allowing them to form their own understanding of their environmental stimuli (Bada & Olusgen, 2015). Children will often embody and replicate adults in their environment, which can be used as a form of learning. This idea provides an ability to educate the child on appropriate cultural and social behaviors (Meltzoff, 1999). Children can furthermore make discoveries and distinguish what is right through social, environmental and cultural contexts to conform (Arthur, 2012). While I believe that the child is innocent I do not believe they are ignorant or unable to make decisions themselves. To be describe my perspective I see the child as both innocent and Agentic. Children are competent and capable beings that can work alongside adults in their learning (Spring, 2006) I do believe they are an empty vessel but only when they are born, as their learning commences almost immediately recognizing faces and sounds etc. As I understand the Agentic view sees that children become capable and competent to negotiate, and communicate decisions that will impact them. The facilitator/adult provides, power, strength and resources with the child rather than standing over them (Sorin & Galloway, 2006). Having the understanding that while children are innocent, and at best we must attempt to protect them from corruption we must also allow them to create their own understanding and furthermore meaning from actions. I understand that both perspectives somewhat contradict each other however, as any would do- using positives from both if how I will create my teaching style. I hope that I am a teacher that recognises sociocultural constructs and how they influence a child’s education, and how these factors can impact how a child learns, communicates and interacts with peers and the environment around them (Arthur, Beecher, Death, Dockett, & Farmer, 2015). I agree with Sorin and
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