The Importance Of A Holistic Overview Of Skills, Perceptions And Attitudes Of The Child

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The importance of achieving a holistic overview of the skills, perceptions and attitudes of the child is paramount when gaining an understanding of the developmental levels (EE, 2012), thus enabling the pedagogy to plan and provide a stimulating environment within which the individual child can learn.
To obtain such information Howe & Davies (2010) concurred by Bradley et al (2011) refer to the Montessori theory highlighting the importance of observing the child in a variety of naturalistic situations, whether it be teacher-directed or child-led to observe consolidation of an ability. Therefore to maximise knowledge and understanding of Thomas’s development by the practitioner, an observational ‘Time sample’ during child-led activities was undertaken to identify the participation, abilities and interest of Thomas. However Mukherji & Albon (2012) warn of the importance of training by the observer, to prevent bias of life experiences influencing perceptive outcome of such observations.
When reflecting on the said observation, it was noted that Thomas showed signs of Piagets theory (1951) of ‘parallel play’, where the child enjoys watching and imitating others yet does not truly interact. Although Thomas was found not to verbally interact or make eye contact with his peers, there was a strong desire to observe the other children at play before making a choice of activity. NALDIC (2014) refer to this important period of ‘silent time’ allowing the child to familiarise…

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