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Title: Assessment Task 1: Critical essay on lenses on child development Due date: 10th April, 2016 Assessment task link to unit learning outcomes: This assessment task links to unit outcomes 1 & 2 Details of task: Child development is a complex field of study and no single theory can provide exhaustive account of how children learn and develop. The goal of this task is to offer a taste of some of the exciting concepts of developmental and learning theories of child development by drawing out their similarities and contradictions. Your tasks are to: • Select two theories from those discussed in this unit and identify at least THREE key enduring concepts in each; • Compare and contrast if any, the similarities and contradictions emerging from the key concepts from the Two theories you have identified in terms of child development and learning (that is, what views are expressed by each theory’s concepts?) • As a professional teacher in preparation, select ONE area of learning activity, for example science, numeracy or literacy etc. and show how you would use the key enduring concepts you have identified in the two theories you have selected in planning teaching activities for young children to meet their specific developmental and learning needs. Note: the assignment must be presented as an essay using subheadings as appropriate. The essay must have an introduction, main content area, conclusion and references in an APA format. Assignments should not exceed word limit by more than 50 words. Make sure to include your name, student ID and unit Code and title on your assignment. Word count/equivalent: 2000 words Weighting/Value: 50% Presentation requirements: Assessment formats: Essay with introduction, content and conclusion. Subheadings can be used as appropriate. Individual assessment in group tasks: N/A Criteria for marking: EDF 5021 – Lenses on child development Grade: Component Pass Credit Distinction High distinction 1. Overall quality of reflection /analysis Descriptive rather than analytical Good basis for the assignment. Brief analysis Appropriate level of detail, Statements supported with evidence Shows a deep understanding of complexity of relevant issues; high level of analysis 2. Demonstrated understanding of different learning and child development theories in relation to pedagogical leadership Relevant contextual information, brief outline of related theories Adequate outline of Approaches and theories related to childhood experiences and pedagogy Discussion shows evidence of careful analysis (eg evaluation and interpretation of theories in relation to pedagogy) Strong and focused argument made for selected approaches and application of theory. Links between theory and pedagogy argued and demonstrated 3. Quality of analysis-showing good use of concepts from theories Relevant statement included Descriptive, thoughtful Shows good understanding of the readings and theoretical underpinnings Demonstrates critical thinking and careful analysis of readings and theories 4. Analysis and application of readings and theories Relevant statement included Descriptive, thoughtful Shows good understanding of the readings and theoretical underpinnings in relation to the analysis Demonstrates critical thinking and careful analysis of readings and theories in relation to the analysis of curriculum investigation 6. Overall quality of writing and use of relevant literature basic understanding and presentation of the issues are demonstrated Poor spelling and grammar in places Referencing oversights Logical development of argument based on a sound understanding of concepts Good use of spelling and grammar Adequately referenced Cohesive and of a high quality: good linking between parts of the assignment Excellent use of grammar and spelling Fully referenced Scholarly work: significant breadth and depth of analysis throughout Outstanding use of grammar and spelling Fully referenced FURTHER EXPLANATION:- Let say you select Cultural historical theory (Vygotsky) and Cognitive development theory (Piaget), you then introduce your essay as: In this essay, I will focus on Vygotsky`s cultural historical theory and Piaget`s cognitive development theory to analyse comparatively how key concepts in these theories provide similar or contradictory perspectives to child development. For the cultural historical theory, I have identified three concepts (ZPD, Social situation, Mediation) and for Piaget, my focus is on the concepts of assimilation, adaptation and predictable stages of development). So as you can see the assignment require you to identify three concepts in each of the two theories After the introduction, you move to the main argument area where you explain the concepts by comparing and contrasting them to show how different or similar they look at child development Then the final part is to use the same theories you discuss as to how they will help you implement a particular learning program for children.

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