Difference Between Assimilation And Accommodation

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Assimilation and Accommodation Jean Piaget (1952; see also Wadsworth, 2004) viewed intellectual growth as a process of adaptation (adjustment) to the world. This happens through: Assimilation (digest) Assimilation is a process of taking in new information or experiences, incorporate and modify to fit into our previous existing schemas that we can understand. A 2 year old child sees a man who is bald on top of his head and has long frizzy hair on the sides. To his father’s horror, the toddler shouts “Clown, clown” (Siegler et al., 2003). In the example above, seeing a dog and labeling it "dog" is an example of assimilating the animal into the child 's dog schema. Accommodation Another part of adaptation involves changing or altering our existing schemas, or ideas, in light of new information or new experiences, this process known as accommodation. New schemas may also be developed during this process. In short, accommodation is a process of adapt current information or knowledge develop in response to new experiences. In the “clown” incident, the boy’s father explained to his son that the man is not a clown and that even though his hair was like a clown’s, he doesn’t wearing a funny costume and doesn’t doing silly things to make people laugh. With this new knowledge, the boy was able to change his schema of “clown” and make this idea fit better to a standard concept of “clown”. Criticisms I am just wondering whether all children really go through the four sequence stages

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