What is the role of social environment on people’s lives?
Social environments often play a significant role in the way learners react to situations. Education should be a healthy, safe environment in which students are able to express themselves and is a key responsibility of the teacher to know their learners, providing an equal, diverse and inclusive learning environment to thrive. This further allows for differentiation and classroom management within the learning environment, ensuring that all students can be stretched and challenged and are encouraged to achieve their best. Behavior can be challenging and often be the process of a learner going through the transformative stage. Jean Piaget’s cognitive theory (1936), better known as the scaffolding theory, about the nature and development of human intelligence, relates to how humans gradually come to acquire, construct and use it. Piaget believed that humans build an understanding of the world around them, experience deviation between what they know and what they devise, then alter their ideas accordingly. Child-centered classrooms and ‘open education’ are direct applications of Piaget’s views. Despite its success, this theory has some limitations that Piaget recognized himself: for example, the theory supports sharp stages rather than continuous development.