Child Observation During Child Development

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Introduction This assignment is in two parts. The first part of this assignment would attempt to use the theories of human development to explain the child behaviour observed during child observation at the preschool while the second part of this assignment would propose an intervention on a scenario at my practice placement. I would demonstrate my critical understanding of the theories and evaluate their relevance for evidence-informed and value-based practice. I would conclude by articulating my critical appreciation of the use of theory to inform professional social work practice based on my experience from the child observation and my placement experience. The notes taken from the child observations and a chosen case from my placement …show more content…

Linking theory to practice. From above, the consolidate the evidence that every child is different, therefore social workers use this idea to work with every child differently. This would prevent incorrect assumption during child development assessment. it would help us in explaining situations in a way that is comprehensible to the child we are working with, because children do not think and understand like an adult. Vygotsky (1962, cited in Wilson et al., 2011) explained in his theory of sociocultural theory by arguing that, children build knowledge through social and cultural experiences. Piaget, on the contrary, argued that children gain knowledge through exploration and activities. I observed the teacher demonstrating how to add water to some potted flowers using a small watering can while the child observed. The teacher demonstrated this by interacted with the child using language and hand gestures. The teacher promotes the social interaction through values, customs, belief and language to promote the child’s learning. Vygotsky believed in the use of language and play in the cognitive …show more content…

The Zone of proximal theory explains the teacher’s action during my observation. The teacher helped the child to complete the last stage of the puzzle after the child could not complete the last stage of the puzzle. Vygotsky argued that the zone is constantly changing while Piaget argued that learning is limited by the stage or maturation, but Vygotsky disagreed with this view, he argued that learning is not limited by the stage or maturation. What I have learned from this observation and using this theory to explain my observation is that children thrive in an environment that is predictable and nurturing; therefore, it is important for care givers to be trusting, dependable. The theory of zone of proximal development is useful in social work in promoting child development and parenting skills. The theory contributed to the social and cultural influence on thought, however, it does not specify the anchors for the zone of proximal development and did not give more information on social influences on the development of thought (Green & Piel, 2016). The implication of the theories for social

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