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Why is it important for teachers to study child development?

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Lorna Stowers eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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I think that it is very important for teachers to know how a student 'works'. Sometimes it simply takes knowing how to relate to a student and the mind of a student to know how to reach them intellectually.

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I wish that all teachers held on to the child development aspect of their courses throughout teaching, as I see some jaded individuals genuinely confused as to why students play up in their classes.These have forgotten that what they are teaching is CHILDREN rather than their subject. A continued appreciation of child development is what helps us differentiate our courses to suit the individuals in front of us. Knowledge of child development and applying that knowledge to our classrooms gives us a better understanding of the individuals we work with.

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There are many scenarios that will come up in the classroom where it will certainly be beneficial for a teacher to have a basic understanding of child development. Children are not "little adults." Their emotional, physical, mental, and intellectual foundations are still forming. The disciplinary apporach that a teacher takes for kindergartners should differ from that of 5th graders. I can say that from experience my assertive discipline approach and having students take ownership and reflect on their behavior doesn't work well for the younger students as it does for the older ones. I prefer to work with older students.

And there are definitely intellectual stages of development as well. As someone mentioned, abstract thinking and other concepts take time to develop. Now it would be great if 'the powers that be' would realize the importance of developmentally appropriate curriculum and not have teachers teaching material that is too advanced for the age group to grasp.

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Education is, in and of itself, a form of child development, and an important one, so for a teacher to be well versed in the study of child development is key to their effectiveness.  This knowledge, if for no other reason, helps a teacher to appropriately plan and develop content and complexity...

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nandusocio | Student

teachers start secondary socialization of chidren. they teach not only language writing or subject but also behavioural values.

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cheezea | Student

i think a teacher has to be able to relate well to the children. by studying child development, they can understand, as #11 says, how they work, and can thus relate to them better and understand their needs

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Teachers are essentially trained in child psychology as well as subject matter in today’s educational settings.  We all know that children learn differently, have a range of developmental stages that differ greatly from one grade to another.  Having a mix of 9-12 grades within one classroom I can affirm that the maturity of my 12th graders is far different than my 9th graders.  Additionally, teachers should take time to study and understand the traditional culture of their students as this also impacts the development of the child.

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johncyjohn | Student

Professions differ according to the elements we deal with eg taiors deal with clothes, software engineers with system,carpenter with wood etc.These professions deal with non-living things. Professions like police, advocate deal with remedies after an action.Its only teachers who deal with flesh and blood ,the desire of a human being,the life of a generation and a whole race.As they deal with such a precious element they have to understand the child's development to mend him,to mould him,to cull the weeds and to sow the goodness in the right time.He should know the development to change his methods and approach for the betterment of the child which will be a part of  the society.

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