Piaget's Theory on cognitive development

Main points of Piarget's theroy into cognative developmant

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  • Piarget was a frenchman who we can blame our education systum today on. He regarded a child as a scientist, following a inbuilt path of discovery and thinking.
  • He was a child geinious and published his first paper showing hypothertical thinking before he hit the age of 11.
  • He carried out most of his experiments into cognative development on his children.
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A stage theory

Piarget created a stage theory to explain cognitive development.

Qualitys of a stage theory are:

  • developmant follows a fixed order
  • behaviorgets better stage by stage
  • Pattern is universal (true for evryone)
  • People cant go backwards through the stages
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Piarget's stages of cognitive development

  •  SENSORI-MOTOR STAGE (lack) 0-2
    • body schema-recognises existance
    • motor co-ordanation- learns to co-ordanate
    • object permanence- learns that objects/people are still their evan if they cant see them
  •    PRE-OPERATIONAL STAGE (lack) 2-7
    • animisum- Treat inanimate objects as if they have feelings
    • reversability- being able to put yourself in other peoples shoes
    • (still have) egocentrisum- thinks the whole world revolves around them
    • Linguistic humor- Children start understanding and enjoying word games and douddle meanings
    • seriation- Ability to rank
    • conservation- know properties of an object are conserved even if objects appear diffrent
  •    FORMAL OPERATIONAL STAGE (develop) 11+
    • hypothetical thinking- can perform thinking tasks and solve logical probems
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  • some children develop in faster or slower stages an example of this is PIAGET HIMSELF, a child genious
  • reserchers argue  that some adults never complete formal operational stage
  • sample sizeis tiny as he used his children to develop theorythis makes his findings UNGENRALISABLE
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Abbie Jeff


Good, really helped for my revision!:) but on slide three it's concrete-motor not concrete-operational x

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