Discoveries of Infancy
A PITC Training Session

Session Format: 3-hour session, 30-40 participants, lecture, DVD, discussion

A central feature of this session is that participants view the DVD Discoveries of Infancy: Cognitive Development and Learning one segment at a time, with extended commentary by the presenter, followed by discussion. Each segment focuses on one of the “discoveries” first identified by Jean Piaget. In the DVD, each discovery is illustrated by scenes of infants actively engaged in learning, usually with the supportive, respectful presence of an infant care teacher. During part of the session, participants are invited to explore through active learning how to facilitate early learning and cognitive development.

Related Module(s):
III Learning and Development

Related Resources:

Article Creativity, Shared Meaning, and Relationships
Article Infants and Toddlers Exploring Mathematics
Guide El cuidado de los niños de cero a tres años en grupo: Una guía para el desarrollo cognitivo y el aprendizaje, Segunda edición
Guide Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Cognitive Development and Learning, Second Edition
Handout Activity: Active Experimentation and Exploration
Handout Discoveries of Infancy
Handout Facilitating Learning: Scenario
Handout Indicators of Cognitive Development and Learning Activity
Handout Linking the PITC Trainer Institute Sessions to Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Handout Opening Activity
Handout Three Overarching Messages in the Discoveries of Infancy Video
Handout Three Points in the Discoveries of Infancy Video
Manual Trainer's Manual Module III: Learning and Development
DVD Discoveries of Infancy: Cognitive Development and Learning
DVD Booklet Discoveries of Infancy Cognitive Development and Learning