A theoretical perspective is "a set of assumptions about reality that underlies the questions we ask and the kinds of answers we arrive at as a result."(about.com, 2015) Applying this definition to education, there are certain assumptions that researchers have made that are designed to explain the reasons why students develop in the way that they do, either quickly or slowly, or not at all.
Several educational theorists have developed ideas that can help teachers and parents to help their children develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. This paper considers the process described by Jean Piaget's cognitive-developmental theory, featuring the social/emotional area of development of early childhood stage.
Area of Development Social/Emotional
Developmental Stage: Early childhood
Theorist: Jean Piaget
A review of Jean Piaget's cognitive-developmental theory reveals a difference between it and other theories. Some have said that social and emotional development in early childhood is strongly influenced by nature, that is, what the child inherited from parents. Other theorists insist that the strongest influences environment, or nurture. Most childhood education theorists see a developmental influence by both areas. Jean Piaget's theory is one of these, and he specifically points to the role of time in children's cognitive, social, and emotional development, while their understanding of the world ...
This is a description of the theoretical perspective of Jean Piaget as it relates to one area of development (social/emotional) and one developmental stage (early childhood).