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Discuss how social and environmental variables may affect cognitive development. So, you already know about theories of cognitive development …. …but what social and environmental factors could affect cognitive development?.

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Discuss how social and environmental variables may affect cognitive development


So, you already know about theories of cognitive development …

  • …but what social and environmental factors could affect cognitive development?


  • This LO asks you to ‘Discuss how social and environmental variables may affect cognitive development’

  • We’re going to focus on diet and parenting.


Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for neural development


  • Some schools give children free breakfast each morning.

  • What do you think the benefits of this would be?


Food Research Action Centre (2010)

  • Read page 192 and make notes on the research.

  • Read about the research at http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/breakfastforlearning.pdf


  • Add to your notes on the FRAC

  • Use these research studies

  • Raloff (1989)

  • Cook et al (1996)

  • McLaughlin et al (2002)


  • What does Vygotsky tell us about how social factors have an impact on cognitive development?


  • What does Rosenzweig & Bennets’ (1972) research tell us about the effects of an enriched or deprived environment on cognitive development?


  • In what ways can parents have an effect on cognitive development?


  • What is the Headstartprogramme?


  • You can also use Rutter’s studies on deprivation to illustrate how living in poverty can bring about developmental delays.


  • Read pages 193-194 of green text book.

  • Answer the questions on page 194.


Now write an essay outline for the LO

  • Discuss how social and environmental variables may affect cognitive development


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