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Distinguish between these theoretical perspectives: behaviorist, nativist, cognitive developmentalist, and interactionist. Name the theorist-researcher associated with each perspective. What are the implications of each theory for an early childhood education classroom? Which theory impresses you the most? Why?

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Early Childhood theoretical perspectives and their researchers: behaviorist, nativist, cognitive developmentalist, and interactionist.

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Below you will find a short synopsis of each theory and theorist including classroom implications. More importantly are the resource links at the end for your review. My hope is that this will provide a good start for deepening your understanding of how these theories have evolved to supporting today's classrooms and developmentally appropriate practice. Should you have any questions, we are always here to help.

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Marla Bainbridge

Distinguish between these theoretical perspectives:
? Behaviorist:
? Theorist/Researcher: John B. Watson, Ivan Pavlov and B. F. Skinner.
? Implications for the classroom: Very structured classrooms that use techniques such as drills and segmented teaching. The theory states when students are familiar with the environment and know what to expect from it, academic achievement is the greater outcome. Creativity and imagination of the child can be stifled in these environments due to their rigidity. Many also claim that the focus is on the negative behavior.
? Nativist:
? Theorist/Researcher: Noam Chomsky
? Implications for the ...

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