Megan Response

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Introduction A person’s life is an accumulation of series of experiences that he or she undergoes from prenatal life to adulthood. Developmental psychology has developed in different fields, which studies the different aspects of those experiences. In early onset of development psychology, many theories were advance to explain the early development of a human being. Such theories as Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis theory, which claimed that, “all behavior, thoughts, and emotions are influenced by unconscious processes and internal forces (Salkind, 2008); and Jean Piaget’s cognitive development theory, in which he believed that development of knowledge is a constructive process, where the child has active role in the construction of knowledge. The interaction between the child and the environment played a critical part in building such knowledge (Salkind, 2008). Another one of the influential theories in developmental psychology was the psychosocial development theory by Erik Erikson. Erikson was one of the neo-Freudians, whose theory has been key to understanding child and adolescent development and adult learning (Salkind, 2008). Just to name a few these theories have inspired many other theories in the course of fifty years. However for the purpose of this assignment, I have identified the metacognition theory and attachment theory. These two theories have important applications in the rearing of the child and learning in general. Metacognition Theory Couple of the reasons why I selected the above theories because I am interested in child development because I believe that they play a key role in establishing behavior later in life, and education because I would like to explore theories that relates to learning consid... ... middle of paper ... ...r because I not only I am interested in education in general, but I would like to explore the ideas of combining these two theory to test their viability and applicability in education. Because Husenits (2005) wrote, nurturing parents tended to raise more securely attached children and parental warmth was linked to high self-esteem, higher IQs, better school performance, and greater empathy for others. This suggests that there is a greater link between the two theories when it comes to rearing a child to bring them to perform well in the learning environment. Learning at a younger age is important because it sets the path for what is to be at later years for an individual, and I believe combining metacognition with attachment results in the field of education can bring forth great results and open up possibilities for new researches based on quantitative methods.

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