Piaget's Theory Of Cognitive Development In Children

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Piaget Theory Overview- Piaget’s theory of cognitive development in children focuses on the stages and processes that demonstrate growth and eventually lead to adult reasoning. This theory implies that children will progress through the stages of cognitive development in the same particular order, however there will be differences in the rate each child progresses based on the environment and biological differences. Piaget described each stage with developmental norms with named processes (McLeod, 2015). Aspect of Lifespan Development (Module Focus)- Cognitive and Language Development Theory Components – Stages of Cognitive Development • Sensorimotor • Preoperational • Concrete operational • Formal operational Adaptation Processes…show more content…
Children begin in the sensorimotor stage from birth to two years of age. In the sensorimotor stage, children use mostly senses and simple actions to guide themselves, and begin to understand that they are separate from the people and the objects, which surround them. Most significantly in the sensorimotor stage is that the child cognizes that an object gone from sight, still exists, known as object permanence. As children progress to the preoperational stage from approximately ages 2-7 years, thinking becomes more symbolic. However, even as the children can express themselves in various forms, behaviors remain egocentric and most concepts are absolute. From the preoperational stage, the children transition to concrete operational stage from ages 7-11. In the concrete operational stage, children begin to think logically and are capable of…show more content…
Being allowed to advance in school with older students accelerated my development through Piaget’s stages. Self-Study: Factors that Affect Normal Development- Spending the day with older students, allowed me to observe advanced cognitive development behaviors. Thus I began to demonstrate the same behaviors. Self-Study: Where Am I Now? – In the formal operation stage, I have fully developed through each Piaget’s stages and am capable of deductive reasoning and abstract thinking to understand the world around me. Self-Study: Where Am I Going? – Based on Piaget’s theory, I will continue in the formal operational stage and the abilities in this stage will assist me as I become a school administrator. References Cherry, K. (2017, May 14). What Are Piaget's Four Stages of Development? Retrieved from https://www.verywell.com/piagets-stages-of-cognitive-development-2795457 Grace, E. (2013). Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Retrieved from
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