teenagefeministbitch asked: difference between accommodation and assimilation for schemas? actually, i get the difference, but i can't come up with a valid example of assimilation... help!
I have a study guide with a really good example using kids and Santa Claus!
Basically, the concept/framework for Santa is a jolly old man with a white beard and red clothing, right? Santa gives good little boys and girls presents for Christmas. That’s the schema.
Assimilation means absorbing new information into a preexisting scheme. When children see guys in Santa suits in the mall, they assimilate them into their existing schema for Santa by identifying them as “Santa’s helpers.”
Accommodation is adjusting old schemas or developing new ones entirely to accommodate new information - in this case, when you learn that Santa doesn’t really exist. They learn that Santa isn’t real and that it’s actually their parents bringing them gifts - and then they have to develop a new schema in which Santa is identified as a fictional character, instead of an actual man who brings presents on Christmas.
I hope this makes things clearer! Good luck tomorrow! :)