How does the social environment foster development in the primary grades, K to Grade 3? Provide examples.
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The social environment plays a critical role in fostering kids' academic development in the primary grades, K to Grade 3. As Vygotsky insisted that all learning is social, kids learn from modeling, observing, and engaging in active inquiry and collaboration with others and the teacher.
One article further suggests this connection:
LEE, J., & SHUTE, V. J. (2010). Personal and Social-Contextual Factors in K-12 Academic Performance: An Integrative Perspective on Student Learning. Educational Psychologist, 45(3), 185-202.
In fact, the authors propose an integrated perspective "that includes students' personal factors in the domains of behavior, affect, attitude, and cognition as well as their social-contextual environment" (185) to produce optimal school performance.
For examples, one source reveals how cooperation can augment young learners' knowledge of social studies via an outdoors
learning center approach:
Brown, R. G. (1998). Outdoor Learning Centers: Realistic Social Studies Experiences for K-6 Students. Social Studies, 89(5), 199.
The author recommends how the social component of this approach is imperative since "using a learning center ...
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