In this weeks reading, we read about how children develop physically, socially, and how children shape their identity and self-concept. One topic in the reading that was new to me was the difference between self-concept and self-esteem. As the reading states, I believed the two terms were interchangeable, but that is not quite the case.
Something I found interesting was the section on why students cheat. As a budding teacher, learning why students would cheat despite the risks associated with it, and when students are more or less likely to cheat is fairly useful and rather interesting to learn about.
One other topic that caught my eye in the reading was that girls mature faster than boys. I’m not positive why, but I had always thought it was the other way around. One reason I could possibly think of was because I thought myself as more “mature” because I was confident in my maturity, and I took that concept of my own “maturity” and applied it to all boys, but I am not entirely certain.
Something the article talked about that I was somewhat previously aware of was the differences in self-concept for boys and girls. In most schools, it’s fairly easy to see what the article states: more boys in things such as sports, and more girls in things like the arts. My school was no different, in fact; though there were quite a few from both sides in each group.
Another thing I connected with was how the media affects child development. With the modern world being engulfed with the media and the way it portrays people, it’s only natural that it effects the way children behave or develop; for most children, the media is a heavy part of their life, basically from birth.
One question that I have after reading the article is about the development of morals. Specifically, how long (on average) does it take to move from the stage of ‘moral realism’ to ‘morality of cooperation’? The article mentions that it is a “gradual shift”, but does not outright state any timeline. On top of that, with it being a “gradual shift”, do children fully understand the concept, or do bits and pieces of the concept come over time?