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Evaluating Piaget

It is generally accepted that Piaget's ideas on cognitive development have been extremely
influential in how we consider how cognitive processes develop.

However, he has been criticised over certain aspects of his theory and the methods he used to test
his ideas.

What did Piaget believe?

Object permanence…

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The task has `human sense' ­ the motives and intentions of the characters are clear
(Donaldson, 1978)
The child can understand and relate to a `hide and seek' situation

Tests of conservation


Asking the same question twice
The meaning of `more'
Lack of `human sense'
Deliberate transformation is confusing…


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