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Key terms.
Agency ­ motivation to learn about the world
Schema ­ a unit of knowledge holding all the
information we have about one thing
Disequilibrium ­ the uncomfortable sensation
of not understanding something
Adaptation ­ changing ones mental
representation of the world in response to new
Assimilation ­ making a MINOR change to a
schema in response to new information
Accommodation ­ making a MAJOR change to
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Piaget's theory.
Piaget believed that cognitive development occurs
through the interaction of innate capacities and
environmental events, that proceed through a
series of stages of intellectual development.
Piaget believed in the key terms and often used
them to describe how and why children learn
For example a child in a family with dogs can adapt
to the existence of different breeds by assimilating
them into the dog schema . Accommodation
occurs in response to more dramatically new
experiences, such as the child accommodating the
existence of a cat as a separate species and that it
doesn't go into the dg schema but a separate one.…read more

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Piagets stages of cog
Sensorimotor The child's knowledge is limited to what their senses tell them
stage when they're exploring their surroundings. At around 8 months
(0-2yrs) the child develops an understanding of object permanence.
Pre operational The child has some language now, but makes logic mistakes,
stage children cannot understand conservation tasks. They show
(2-7) egocentrism, irreversibility.
Concrete The child's use of logic improves and they can do
operational stage conservation tasks. They no longer show ego centrism,
(7-11) irreversibility but cant yet use abstract reasoning
Formal Can use abstract reasoning in problem solving. Can also deal
operational stage with hypothetical situations
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Piaget used `the three mountains task' as
evidence that preoperational children have
certain qualities,
Egocentrism ­ can only view everything from
their own point of view
Irreversibility ­ do not understand that you
can undo something
Centration ­ focus on small aspects of task
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Three mountains task
1. Piaget built a 3D model of three mountains
2. The mountains had different landmarks such as a
house and a big tree
3. They put a small doll on one of the mountains
and showed children pictures from different
4. The children were asked to pick a photo which
the DOLL could see
5. Piaget found that pre operation children picked
the photo taken from their own perspective
rather than the dolls.
6. Therefore the children were unable to put
themselves in the doll's shoes.…read more

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