Piagat's Theory Of Cognitive Development

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This essay will investigate Loxton’s research on children’s fears, it will discuss the ethical guildlines implemented by her research and it will evaluate how her research was conducted in a child-friendly in association with both Piagat’s theory of cognitive development, as well as Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory.

The articles “Monsters in the dark and other scary things: preschooler’s self reports” and “Young children’s self-reports of coping with fears and perceived effectiveness of coping strategies in the South African context” by Helene Loxton are writings on her investigation of fears among preschoolers, the way in which children cope with these fears and the benefit of the different coping strategies implemented by children (Loxton, 2009b). One hundred and fifty-two South African children from eight different preschools, all at the average age of six years old were interviewed for twenty minutes. The interviews took the form of a semi-structured interview, whereby the children were asked to express their fears through drawings (loxton, 2009a).

Piagat’s theory of cognitive development is an extensive evaluation on the nature of development in children and the role that a person’s childhood plays on their development. Piagat’s theory lays an emphasis on human intelligence, with specific reference to how children’s thinking develops and progresses over time. Piagat’s theory investigates the nature of human thought and the way in which children steadily come to
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