ece353 week 1 discussion 1 response j h

ece353 week 1 discussion 1 response j h

In your response, discuss how you can provide families with an awareness of the theoretical perspectives your peer shared in their initial reply that will support their child’s learning and cognitive development at home beginning with infancy. In addition, describe a sample activity that families could do with their children to promote the development of circular reactions, object permanence, habituation, or preference that would align with their chosen theoretical perspective.

Theories and Theoretical Frameworks

The nativist theorist claims that children are born with innate knowledge about certain areas or domains of cognition which can be very helpful when studying a child’s language development (Farrar & Montgomery, 2015). For example, I find that children learn language easier than adults. I have been working with the second language learning children this year and have seen such a growth when speaking English. When they first started the school year, they knew no English as well as their parents. Now they run up to me and tell me in English what other children or doing, what they did over the week and whatever else they want to express to me. Their parents on the other hand still must use translators as a way of communicating with me or the teacher.

The information processing approach claims the human mind is just like a computer in how it processes information to help you better understand cognition (Farrar & Montgomery, 2015). The approach I believe is most helpful when children engaged in cognitive activities. For example, when teaching math to my Kindergarten class, we often use different strategies to solve the problem. No matter which strategy the children use to complete the problem they all will come up with the same results. The example of a child solves a math problem is like the way a computer processes information. If I type in the Google search engine flowers, they will provide me with many websites, but they will all be results of flowers.

I understood the information processing approach better because technology is used more in this day in age versus or innate knowledge which is claimed by the nativist. For example, if someone wants to find an address they will use a GPS instead using their knowledge of the direction: North, South, East or West as well as knowing that all odd numbers of an address are on my side of the street and even numbers on the opposite side of the street.

Having knowledge of the nativist and information process approach can help me to provide quality experiences that support cognitive development. From a nativist perspective, I understand that every infant and toddler have the innate knowledge needed to go along with the knowledge they will be taught by teachers, parents, siblings and their environment. From an information process approach, I realize that every infant and toddler can store information and process it in different ways.

I understand that technology is being introduced to children at an early age. I will make sure I incorporate hands-on activities to help them not to lose out on information that can learn hands-on. For infants, their visual system is still developing which is why I would use toys for them to play with that have colorful lights. For my toddlers, I would use imaginative play to help with cognitive development. For example, let children use a toy kitchen to pretend that they are cooking like their mom or dad. When using this type of imaginative play can also be an opportunity to show them how to stay safe while they are in the kitchen when their parents are cooking.


Farrar, M. J., & Montgomery, D. E. (2015). Cognitive Development of Children: Research and Application. Bridgepoint. Retrieved from