Week 6- Diverse Perspectives on Development and Learning

Three Things I Learned:

  1. One l thing I have learned is that there are a lot of new scholars that are looking at older theories and beginning to question the assumptions they have made about different groups of students. They are not saying that these theories are wrong, instead just taking a deeper look at them and making new considerations such as race and gender.
  2. Another thing I have learned is the importance Indigenous Knowledge can have on a child’s development. This perspective talks about the learning spirit and the importance the land has on it.
  3. Another thing I have learned is that report cards are often testing skills or knowledge that the school wants the children to know or demonstrate. These the results shown on the report card may not be an accurate representation of the skills and knowledge the child possessed due to the way they are tested and how and when these skills are measured.

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made was with the “good student”. I have learned about this is ECS 210 and talking about it again just expresses the importance of it. I don’t believe that we should have a definition of what a good student is. Each student can be a good student in different ways depending on where they come from and where they are in there learning! I think what would be considered “good” for one student can be complete different from what may be “good” for another student.
  2. Another connection I made was with the conversation we had about how sciences and math typical take precedence over subjects such as art, physical education, or social studies. Although I agree that these subjects are more content heavy I do not necessarily agree that other subjects should be put behind them because I think that in all subject areas you learn different skills and values that you may not get in your bigger subjects such as math and science.

One Question I Still Have:

After this week, I still wonder how we can work toward moving away from the grand narrative and the understanding we have that children are expected to develop different functions and skills at particular ages.

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