“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.”
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development has influenced many curriculum models and influences classroom management as well. The idea that we construct our understanding of the world around us dictates that teachers allow children to discover and experiment.
Project-based learning is one approach that puts this concept in action. Watch the video below from Edutopia.org to see project-based learning in a variety of settings.
Vygotsky and his Sociocultural Theory have also added to our understanding of children’s cognitive development. He particularly highlighted the importance of social context.