ECS 200

Chapter 3

3 Things I learned 

Piaget’s equilibrium theory is something I have never considered before. I agree with him that students seek equilibrium while writing exams and attempting assignments. If a student successfully completes their work they feel a sense of equilibrium, or in other words a feeling of accomplishment. If the work they submit fails; it is common for the student to feel inadequate in that subject, thus will not be motivated to participate further in said subject.

It is interesting to look deeper into the moral development of a student. I am realizing that it is important to put a child’s home life into consideration when they attempt a morally incorrect decision at school. In lecture we were given an example of a student who is punished at home when they receive bad marks, so she was considering cheating on her next quiz. This is a difficult situation for a teacher if they are unaware of the students unfortunate situation at home. If a student is being punished at both home and school this may have numerous negative affects on the students moral development.

I was unaware of the extreme effects cliques and friendships have on students. If a student has a “stable, supportive relationship with friends who are socially competent and mature” it will benefit their overall education experience, socially and academically. As a teacher this means that we will have to enforce the potentially awkward conversations with our students to ensure everyone is being included and has the opportunity to make long lasting relationships.


2 things I made connections with

I agree with Vygotsky who believes that “much of children’s learning is assisted or mediated by teachers or parents and tools in their environment, and most of this guidance is communicated through language.”(p.57) In today’s society the majority of children are educated through the school systems whether it be at a school or at home. The only possible way for children to become educated is if they have an adult figure to communicate to them directions, instructions and course them through decision making. I also believe that a students learning is highly dependent on the availability of resources given to them. A student who has the opportunity to use books and computers will have a better education opportunity than a student who does not have these resources available to them.

Through my own elementary and high school experience it is evident that the way a student is being parented back home definitely has a strong effect on their development. I was not aware that there were four different known types of parenting styles. I found it interesting that the quality of attachment between a child and parent can determine how dependent the child will be on the teacher. If a student has a well established relationship with their parent they will most likely obtain relationships with other students easier than a child who does not.


1 question 

How would it affect a student if their parents reflected two opposing types of parenting styles?

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