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Cognitivism The Thinker Firing Up Neurons

Read the “Kermit and the Keyboard” story and the three different cognitivist approaches to this story.

Part One

Once you have completed the unit reading assignment related to the “Kermit and the Keyboard” story, do the following:

  • Compare and contrast the 3 different cognitivist theories in this situation.
  • Discuss elements and characteristics that are unique to each viewpoint and theory.

Part Two

Scenario: Harry is your 7-year-old son, and Sasha is your 11-year-old daughter. Harry is having trouble with vocabulary and reading. Sasha is having a problem converting fractions to decimals and with converting numbers to percentages. Refer to Piaget’s theory of genetic epistemology and to Bruner, Vygotsky, or other cognitive theories, and describe the ways in which you would help these two children in their school studies.

Answer the following questions based on the scenario:

  • How can you apply what you know about cognitive theory to these two different situations?
  • What limitations, if any, do you find in confining your solutions to cognitive theory?
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