Thinking & Learning Barriers in Children

Updated April 17, 2017

Thinking and learning barriers can create huge problems in one's development of mind, thoughts and knowledge. Learning ability and critical thinking skills are required to develop knowledge and understand problems. It is a common observation that there is always that kid in the class who always seems to be having a problem with understanding math problems, colouring in lines, speaking in class or recognising letters. Thinking and learning barriers in children can keep them from becoming better students.

Communication and Interaction

Some children have problems communicating and interacting with other people. Younger children sometimes take time to develop these skills, and it can affect their learning process. Better communication skills give children the ability to voice their problems to teachers more effectively. These skills also involve interaction with fellow students and other children. They help build self-confidence in children and help them ask questions and give answers in an appropriate way. Teachers and parents can help children get rid of a communication barrier by talking to them about their problems, and reminding them that they are as good as any other kid in the class.

Listening and Concentration

Some children have trouble concentrating. Lack of concentration is one of the key barriers to the learning process. Children can often be absent-minded. Developing concentration skills can be done through constant effort by both student and teacher. The teacher should talk to the student about the problems he is facing and help him improve by making lectures more interactive and interesting.

Social Conditioning and Biased Experiences

Social conditioning and upbringing plays a great role in developing better critical thinking skills. It can both help and hinder one's ability to think critically. Every kid comes from a unique background -- race, religion, family and society all have a huge impact on how the kid views and perceives the world and the people around him. Sometimes children filter their experiences, just as adults, through bias, and that is how they tend to remember it. Such variations in cultural and social conditioning are very basic barriers in thinking process, and are seldom completely eliminated.

Schedule Pressures

Schedule pressures among students can hurt critical thinking. When there is a deadline to meet, children do not spend time thinking and planning the task, and often rush into things. This practice leads to poor decision making and mistakes that may take a while to fix. To get rid of this barrier, children should be taught the proper planning process and techniques to divide work. They should know how to critically examine the task given to them and how to complete it in due time without feeling under pressure.

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Junaid Sadiq is an information technology professional who has been writing since 2009. He covers reviews and tips on the latest I.T. gadgets. Sadiq is a graduate of the RCC Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Ryerson University, Toronto.