COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT - PRE OPERATIONAL STAGE - PIAGET

the pre-operational stage of Piaget's theory - cognitive development

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Piaget's Stages of Intellectual Development
The Pre-operational Stage (2-7 years)
Characteristics:
Object permanence developed
General symbolic function (e.g. a cardboard box can be a car)
Cannot perform mental tasks
Thinking errors include animism, centration and egocentrism
Animism
Children of this age often assume that everything is like them and has some kind of
consciousness
Centration
This is the ability to cope with only one aspect of a situation at a time, e.g. children of this age
will find the task of sorting the `small red bricks' difficult
Decentre is to cope with more than one aspect of a task
Egocentrism
The inability to take another person's perspective

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