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Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

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Brittany Guffey

on 16 February 2014

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Transcript of Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

Preoperational Stage
Approximate age 2 - 7 years
Children begin to think symbolically and learn to use words and pictures to represent objects.
Demonstrate irreversibility
Concrete Operational Stage
Approximate age 7 - 11 years
Children begin to think logically about concrete events
Develop the concept of reversibility
Less egocentric thought, and can understand another's point of view
Formal Operational Stage
What Influences Cognitive Development?
Biological maturation
Experience with the physical and social environments
Piaget's Stages of Development
Based on the following assumptions:
Mastery of each stage is necessary before progressing on to the next.
Though stages are fixed, the age at which one may be in a particular stage may vary.
Piaget's Life and Death
Born in Switzerland August 9th, 1896
Died September 16th, 1980
Jean Piaget
What is Equilibration?
A balancing act between applying previous knowledge and changing behavior to account for new knowledge
Sensorimotor Stage
Approximate age birth - 2 years
Child's actions are spontaneous and rooted in the present.
Knows the world through his/her movements and sensations.
Approximate age 11 to adult
Abstract thought emerges, and children are able to think about hypothetical situations
Theory of Cognitive Development
Best known for his stages of cognitive development
Implications of Piaget's
Theory for Education

Understand Cognitive development
Keep students active
Create incongruity
Provide school interaction

Understand Cognitive Development

Piaget's theory recognizes that is is important for educators to understand where students function/what
stage they are in

Students are in different stages of cognitive development
and do not function on the same level
Keep Students Active

Utilize active exploration and
hands-on activities in class

Keeping students active facilitates
active construction of knowledge
Create Incongruity

Teachers should give students opportunities to
solve problems, but end up at the wrong answer

Help students see through the mistakes to determine
the correct answer

Critical thinking is utilized
Provide Social Interactions

to help students cognitive development,
provide social interactions in order for
students to have other points of view
Other Implications
for Instruction

Prior to developing lessons,
evaluate students developmental

Build enrichment into lessons

Utilize differentiated instruction to meet
the needs of all students

Misssmith891 (2011, April 26) Piaget's Stages of Development.
Retrieved February 10, 2014 from http://youtube.com/watch?v=TRF27Fbn-A

Piaget's Stages: An overview of Piaget's stages of cognitive development.
Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/behavioralpsychology/l/bl-piaget-stages.htm

Schunk, D (2012). Learning Theories: An American Perspective. Peason, Boston.
Jean Piaget's theory of
Cognitive development is a
constructivist theory

discusses the philosophical
nature of learning

presents that learners create their own learning

demonstrates that people are active learners and develop knowledge themselves

Constructivism cont.

Impact in education...

teachers should understand that
learners construct their own

use of integrated curriculum

learners become actively involved with
the manipulation of material and social


Formal Operational stage. Retrieved from

Jean Piaget. Retrieved from

Sensimotor stage Retrieved from
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