criticisms of the core theory (Piaget)

This mindmaps explains the criticisms of the core theory of cognitive development, devised by Piaget.

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  • Criticisms of the core theory(cognitive development)
    • The stages are not as fixed or rigid as Piaget said. Some children flick in and out of stages depending on circumstances.
    • There is no guarantee that people develop through all of the stages. Some researchers argue that some adults don't make it to the formal operational stages at all.
    • Development is not an automatic biological process. Piaget ignored the influence of parents and other social factors on our development. Some researchers argue that we can 'hothouse' children so that they develop at a quicker rate.
    • Piaget ignored the different types of thinking. Not all thinking is an exercise in logic or problem-solving. There are different kinds of thinking, for example, creativity in the arts.
    • Thinking does not develop for all children everywhere, in the same way. Aboriginal children, for example, develop concrete operational thinking before European children because, it is helpful for their physical survival. This means Piaget ignored the impact of culture.
    • Piaget only describes the kind of thinking that a child can and can't do. He fails to explain how these changes in thinking occur. Some critics would state this does not make it a theory, as a theory should offer reasoning about why something happens
  • Development is not an automatic biological process. Piaget ignored the influence of parents and other social factors on our development. Some researchers argue that we can 'hothouse' children so that they develop at a quicker rate.

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