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Robert Cole’s theory on child development:

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tori coulter

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Robert Coles Theory of Child Development
What He Believes...
Robert believes a lack of moral leadership decreases the potential for happiness in families, communities and societies. When moral leadership is shown it creates a positive energy and benefits everyone.

Cole’s biggest thing that he is constantly referring back to is his knowledge of the most persuasive teaching adults can provide is by an example. The real morals are conveyed through action or what he calls “the witness of our lives.”

Morals can be tricky and widely different for each person. Every person’s morals are different such as terrorists and criminals with aggression. They believe they are doing the right thing, just like some people think it is wrong. There really is not a right or wrong, but these morals can be influenced by others and through observing.

Cole had discovered some things about children while researching and observing them.
He learned that children are concerned morally with issues in everyday life, and most learning is through life stories and observing.
Children decide what is right and wrong from their observations of life around them.
Morals change through life.
Morals affect you, as you get older in life.

His Methods and Techniques
Robert Cole’s methods include techniques of participant observation (tape recordings, field notes, drawings, etc), clinical interpretation, academic social research, and literary narrative. He states formal lectures, reprimands, reminders, punishment, churchgoing or synagogue attendance, and other sources of moral instruction can also be useful.
Robert Cole’s theory on child development:
He believed in moral development. Moral development is the process which children develop attitudes and behaviors toward other people in society, based on social and cultural norms, rules, and laws.
Cole believes that children acquire moral intelligence, by observing what we do, not what we say. As well, he believes that moral education comes mainly though day-to-day experiences and through observing adults, not through rules and regulations or abstract classroom discussions. Cole insists that the most persuasive moral teaching adults can provide is by example. Monkey see monkey do. If explaining or teaching a new moral it needs to be supported by proof and experience or children are not likely to make it their own.

Born on October 12, 1929.
He lived until he was 84 years old.
Specialized in child psychiatry.
He went to Harvard College.
He studied medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Professor at Harvard University.
Authored more than 80 books and 1300 articles.
Served as chief of Neuropsychiatry Services at Kessler Air Force base and made frequent trips to New Orleans.
He focused most of his studies on moral development in children.
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom, MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

In my opinion I agree with Robert Cole's theory around morals. I strongly agree that a child learns by watching and observing what others do. I think at no matter what age, people are learning and acting like people they watch, I know I still do. My grandma looks after a 4 year old boy who has down syndrome. When I say please and thank you he would say please and thank you, but also if I kicked the couch or acted out he would do the same. This shows that children react and imitate what you do everyday. I noticed that if my grandma or anybody else does something like a movement or says something he would do that exact same thing. It is really fascinating to watch and to see his learning. I also agree with the concept of showing and practicing morals that you want your children to learn because it helps them remember and use it more. One thing I believe is good that is not Cole’s idea is repetition. Routines definitely provide child with stability and learning new things like morals. I disagree with the part about not learning morals from listening and reading because reading books teaches you morals and life lessons. For example, books like Franklin and Bernstein Bears are good ones.

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