Theoretical Foundations

Good ideas are both unique and grounded in the ideas of others. Classrooms are places filled with individual spark and existing within a socio-historical context. CD 257: Supervised Work with Children 1 builds on the work of researchers and theorists from multiple perspectives. The influences of Constructivism, Humanism, and Social Goals theory can be seen most clearly, although the premises of Social Learning theory are evident in small ways in most human interactions and its influences can be seen in most elementary school classrooms.

The Child Development Laboratory and the practicum classes there (CD 257 & 358) strive to implement pedagogically-sound, research-supported approaches to teacher-child interactions, grounded in a philosophy that values children and families for their unique perspectives and contributions.

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