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Using what you learned from Piaget and Vygotsky, this posting examines if it is better to push a child or leave him to learn at his own pace?

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Using what you learned from Piaget and Vygotsky, do you believe it is better to push a child or leave him to learn at his own pace? You may state your opinion but be certain to provide documentation that supports your answer.

Combining theoretical perspectives based on Piaget and Vygotsky, I advocate the use of constructivism. Although it is not "pushing" as the question entails, it is a guiding toward new knowledge based on student-centered principles. Students are able to work at their own pace. Their learning is student-centered.

Constructivism combines teaching as a holistic process. Instead of isolating skills, we must teach in a process approach in order to connect the material. By doing so, we address the learner's needs. Effective teaching not only involves cognitive processes but also emotions. Therefore, this type of teaching utilizes affective or social skills. Activities involving cooperative learning and building classroom relationships are key areas of this instruction.

Since this approach allows students to pace themselves, they are given time to process how and what they learn. When looking at this approach, note some other key aspects based on Piaget:

1. Experiential learning is most ...

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This posting argues how children learn best.

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