Kermit and Cognition

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Kermit and Cognition
Dwayne White
American InterContinental University Online

Abstract
Cognitive Information Processing (CIP), Cognitive Development and Interactional Development are theories of learning based upon the idea that learning is an internal process rather than merely something that can be observed like behaviorism. Here I examine the three theories as they relate to a scenario of a young man attempting to learn to play a keyboard. The objective is to show the similarities and differences in the three theories and how each can be applied to a given situation. As Kermit is an adult, some of the more specific elements may or may not apply and each theory has gaps in it that make it incomplete of itself. Yet, each also has insights into development and learning that is useful. The three together build a foundation for learning theory that has surpassed behaviorism in its scope and its usage and its main theorists, Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky are still highly considered in the field of epistemology.

Kermit and Cognitivism
The scenario “Kermit and the Keyboard” exhibits many of the strengths of the theory of cognitivism as well as highlights some of the differences between three major theories as well as expose some of the problems that each has with a scenario such as this one. Cognitive Information Processing (CIP)

Cognitive information processing or CIP is a theory that likens the human brain to a computer in the ways that it acquires and processes information. Learning then, is a process of taking input, relating it to previous knowledge and building a new structure with the information. For example, a computer may have within it a program to sort any lists into alphabetical order. When a list is input, it processes it in just such a manner and then is able to use that list in any other system or programming within it that requires an alphabetical order sorting. Likewise, human beings are thought to have a number of mechanisms that...
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