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In learning and cognition, one of the major areas of discussion is the impact of nature and nurture. What is the concept of nature versus nurture?

Why is it important in the study of learning and cognition?

What is your personal philosophy of nature versus nurture, i.e. in what direction do you lien or to which construct do you prescribe? Why?

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Blewitt & Broderick (2006) state that "developmental researchers acknowledge that both nature and nurture influence most traits..." Nature is the individual's qualities that surface inutero, qualities that are inherent and genetic. Nurture is the individual's behavior based on external forces, personality and qualities that surface due to their environment. The reason this is such an issue is that many researchers tend to differ in regards to whether nature or nurture shape the individual.

Regarding learning language... Language theories relate back to the nature vs. nurture aspect. The nativist (NATURE) assumes that children are born with an innate sense of language comprehension; that their brain already has a system for recognizing, deciphering and understanding sound. They believe that children do not need any kind of formal teaching to learn to speak (Kiymazarslan, 2006). On the other hand, the environmentalist (NURTURE) ...

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This solution explains the concept of nature versus nurture and why it's important. Two references are included, as well as the OTA's personal opinion.