I found the list of myths and truths to said myths on page 32 of the reading eye opening. While I was aware some of the myths held little truth, there were others that caught my interest as things I thought true, such as humans only using 10% of their brain.
Regarding the effect of social interaction on cognitive development of children, as theorized by Vygotsky, it makes sense that children’s cognitive abilities are heightened by interactions with others. Children are sponges and learn by example. Whether it's a parent assisting their child in an activity or watching another perform a task, children soak up the experience and steps required to create a successful outcome.
The amount of sleep needed for adolescents to function at full capacity often being unmet isn’t anything that I was unaware of, but I find it interesting that this is potentially because of a biological effect. The idea of a person’s internal clock changing as they reach a certain age, is an interesting theory that I’ve never heard of.
The Formal-Operational Stage is neat because the problem of only 30-40% of high schoolers reaching it is prevalent. School has become a social construction of friends where the only scholarly focus is the memorization of facts, rather than the understanding and connecting of knowledge, something I noticed readily as a student in a higher academic and thinking oriented program.
Technology has great potential in the educational field, but only if used properly and effectively. Some teachers fail to see its use in their classroom because it can be easily misused. In University, I find technology is more acceptable, which is nice, because typing assignments on a laptop is convenient. That said, having my laptop in front of me increases the temptation to open a tab to procrastinate, simply because it’s easy to do so. Many people fall into that ease, which creates a stigma for the technology.
My question stems from the point about young children learning multiple languages at a time. It is, of course, something that happens often, but I’m curious about the effect on their brain as compared to children only learning one. Do they have a higher capacity to learn more languages easily as they grow? Does having more than one language stored in their brain at a young age create any difference in their brain development and capabilities?
Woolfolk, Anita, et al. Educational Psychology. 6th ed., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Pearson Education, 2013.