Middle Childhood: Fitting In or Standing Out

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Middle childhood fitting in or standing out

Middle childhood is a crucial time when children start to establish their own sense of identity, independence, and start to be more involved in the world beyond their family. When children get older there values and behaviors start to change. Many children try to be individuals, but most of the time it makes them feel vulnerable, so they tend to conform to a group. During middle childhood cognitive changes begin to transform a child’s mind and body therefor having stability at home and in school is crucial. Vygotsky realized “that children learn from one another, their cultures and their teachers (Pg.242) Not having stability from these things will most likely impair a child’s social cognition making the child to “likely be rejected.” (Pg.293) When children start to feel rejected the will act out aggressively and are withdrawn. In the video twenty-five seven year olds were evaluated on how they were handling to cope with peer pressure and would it be easier to conform in order to be part of a group or be robbed of their individuality? A test was done with all of the children to find out how they would react with differences in people. Different scenarios were given, for example being excluded from a group, being sad and being a slow runner. A little boy named Jamie was asked do you think it is right to not ask the slow runner to join the team. Jamie’s response was “they should have asked him to join the team because it doesn’t matter about winning.” Jaime’s response is most likely due to the fact because he is also different. At age four Jamie was diagnosed with diabetes helping him to accept all sorts of different types of people. According to Piaget’s view of middle childhood the “most important cognitive structure attained in middle childhood is concrete operational thought, which is the ability to reason logically about direct experiences and perceptions. Jamie was certainly able to reason logically from...
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