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What theories help to explain these changes? Why?How is this different from the current me?The difference between the six year old me and current me is the six year old me was still working on the basic skills to develop in all domains. However, the current me has already developed the skills to function cognitively, physically, and social emotionally. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development best describe these changes that occured. During the preoperational stage, children are learning various skills through symbolic play. By playing with dolls and forming relationships with others I was able to build my own personal experiences about the world around me. I also feel that Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development played a role in the changes that occured. To develop cognitive skills such as reading and writing there had to be some scaffolding involved not only from my teachers but parents as well. Scaffolding was also utilized to help with bike riding and swimming. Scaffolding is crucial in helping to build on the skills that a child already has. In fact, through scaffolding "A teacher may thus observe how a child addresses a problem, closely collaborate with and assist the child as needed, and withdraw support as the child’s skill increases." (CHFD 307, n.d)
What theories help to explain these changes? Why?How is this different from the current me?At 16 I was searching for indepencence whereas the current me is fully independent. In addition, at 16 I was just developing my decision making skills, whereas the current me has the tools to make good decisions. Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development best describe the changes thatthe sixteen-year-old me experience. According to Erikson's Theory, at the age of 16 teens are faced with conflict of identity verses confusion. During this time, I was trying to form my identity and create my self-image. In addition, to the forming of an identity at the age of 16 independence is something that was important. Trying to create an identity and gain more independence at the same time resulted in some form of conflict to occur. Furthermore, the many body changes that occurred at the age of sixteen affected how the sixteen-year-old me went through the stage of identity verses confusion and into adulthood.