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Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

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Rob Norback

on 21 April 2010

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Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development Presented by Rob Norback, Michelli Murphy,
Phil Tseng, and Sanjeev Ramchandra A Brief Biography Piaget was born on August 9th, 1896 He developed an interest in mollusks in highschool and became a well known malacologist by the time he graduated
he studied natural sciences at the University of Neuchâtel at the University of Zürich he developed an interest for psychoanalysis standardized Burt's test of intelligence and did his first experimental studies of the growing mind at the Ecole de la rue de la Grange-aux-Belles In 1923, he and Valentine Châtenay were married. The couple had three children, Jacqueline, Lucienne and Laurent whose intellectual development from infancy to language was studied by Piaget. 1) Sensorimotor 2) Preoperational 3) Concrete operational Piaget develops his four stages of
cognitive development 4) Formal operational About 12 through adulthood Abstract Reasoning Abstract logic with a potential for mature moral reasoning About 7 to 11 years Thinking logically about concrete events; grasping concrete analogies and performing arithmetical operations Child has an understanding of conservation and of mathematical transformations About 2 to 6 years Representing things with words and images but lacking logical reasoning Child exhibits pretend play, egocentrism, and language development Birth to nearly 2 years Experiencing the world through senses and actions (looking, touching, mouthing, and grasping) Child often lacks object permanence and
stranger anxiety Application Stages are not discrete
but continuous and
occur in a similar order
but possibly at different
times Children construct undersandings
from interactions, do the best
with hands on learning Children are not passive recepticals,
teachers should build on what children
already know Teachers should use concrete demostrations and stimulate students to think for themselves Fin Only 40% of people achieve formal
operation (stage 4) by the end of high school Child lacks understanding of conservation
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