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Key to cognitive development

is social interaction; social learning precedes development; cultural differences


Children develop

as they interact with physical and social environment; through these interactions, children internalize new ways of behaving and thinking; environment will influence how children think and what they think about; stages unfold due to educational intervention


More Knowledgeable Other

someone who has a better understanding or higher skill level than the learner, with regard to a particular task, concept or process; social interaction involving collaborative/cooperative dialogue promotes cognitive development;


Zone of Proximal Development

difference/distance between what a child can learn/achieve independently and what child can learn/achieve with guidance and encouragement from a skilled partner; learning occurs in this zone; as children become more competent, they do more on their own



MKO helps to structure/organize a task so that a novice can work on it more successfully