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Lucy Warnes

Discuss Piaget's theory of cognitive development
(8 + 16 marks)

Piaget's theory of cognitive development involves five key mechanisms, the first being `schema',
which are self-constructed behavioural or cognitive structures held in the mind to help with
everyday life. Next is `assimilation', which occurs when an existing schema…

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Lucy Warnes

asked may have been difficult for the children understand and (Samuel and Bryant). Despite this,
all evidence still supports the view that there are qualitative changes in cognitive development as
a child matures. Moreover, Piaget remains one of the most influential psychologists as his theory
has had an…


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