Cognitive Development Theory and Social Learning in UK Education
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The challenge for educators in the UK is now to integrate this vast body of theory and research into curriculum and classroom practice. Most researchers in the field agree that a Piaget-derived developmental learning theory must be augmented by some appreciation of the way that concrete social interaction guides and shapes children’s acquisition of skills. A pedagogical approach drawing at once upon developmental and social learning theory may be the best way to achieve society’s educational aims, while at the same time encouraging creativity and exploration on the part of children. While it would not be possible to exhaust this topic in a short paper, I propose to briefly consider the theories of Piaget and Bandura in the context of children’s development of the ability to handle language (in particular, in the area of literacy).