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Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

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Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

  1. 1. JEAN PIAGET’S THEORY OFCOGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT By: Kayla Lane, Kelly McGrail, Cara Sisler, and Michael Herther
  2. 2. PIAGET’S BEGINNINGS CHILD PRODIGY
  3. 3. Piaget was 10 years old when he published his first article on an albino sparrow(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 152)
  4. 4. BINET LABORATORY Age 21: Piaget earns his PhD and heads off the work at the Binet laboratory with Theophile Simon and Alfred Binet  There he learned many of the key ideas in his revolutionary theory of cognitive development BINET PIAGET(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 152)
  5. 5. THEORY OFCOGNITIVEDEVELOPMENT4 Stages
  6. 6. STAGE 1: SENSORIMOTOR THOUGH (BIRTH-2YEARS)Babies are stuck in the HERE AND NOW world they “know the world only in terms of their own sensory input (what they see, smell, taste, touch, and hear) and their physical or motor actions on it (e.g. sucking, reaching, grasping)(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 157)
  7. 7. Babies lack REPRESENTATIONAL THOUGHT or ability to think through the use of symbols CAN YOU THINK WITHOUT WORDS??(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 158)
  8. 8. NO! of course not! That’s why Piaget says babies cannot think! Evidence of representational thought emerges from the use of language and ObJeCt PeRmAnEnCe  “the fact that objects, events, or even people continue to exist when they are not in the infants direct line of sensory or motor action” (Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 159)The understanding of object permanence marks the change into…
  9. 9. PREOPERATIONALTHOUGHTStage 2 (2-7 years)
  10. 10. PREOPERATIONAL THOUGHT ISCHARACTERIZED BY: Intuitive Though – logic bases only on experiences Symbols in Egocentrism lack of conservation
  11. 11. SYMBOLS IN PLAY Symbolic play: use one object to stand for another Can you hear me now? Fantasy play: pretend to UP, UP, AND be something, or pretend AWAY activities that are impossible Make-believe play: use toys as props Rock a-by Baby (Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 162)
  12. 12. EGOCENTRICSM: “child’s inability to take in others perspective”(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 163)
  13. 13. THREE MOUNTAIN TEST Little Timmy sees the big mountain and Davie the Doll “sees” the smaller mountain Timmy’s egocentrism prevents him from seeing Davie’s perspective… Timmy would draw the big mountain
  14. 14. CONSERVATION
  15. 15. ACCORDING TO THIS GUY: Operations = reversible mental actions… Thus, the preoperationalStage is marked by children’slack of conservation - “concept that certain basic properties of an object (e.g. volume, mass, and weight) remain the same even if its physical appearance changes” (Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 164)
  16. 16. FAMOUS CONSERVATION TEST Equal Amounts of H2OThe FIRST step in the experiment is to show the child 2 cups with equal amount of water
  17. 17. STEP 2Pour one cup into a tall, skinny cup and the other into a short, fat cup
  18. 18. STEP 3a child would concludethat the tall skinny class had more water because the level of water was higher. THE UNDERSTANDING OF CONSERVATION PRINCIPLES SENDS THAT PRECIOUS LITTLE CHILD RIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF…
  19. 19. CONCRETEOPERATIONALTHOUGHT Stage 3 (7-11 years)
  20. 20. Logic is “still tied closely to concrete materials, contexts, and situations” (Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 166) Characterized by:  ytilibisreveR  Logical abilities: class inclusion
  21. 21. REVERSIBILITY Relates to the CONSERVATION EXPERIMENT children in the concrete operational stage understand that if you reverse the action (pour the water back into the same size cups), then the water amount REMAINS THE SAME ITS LIKE MAGIC… but not really.(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 165)
  22. 22. LOGICAL ABILITIES: CLASS INCLUSION ARE THERE MORE DOGS OR ANIMALS?
  23. 23. Through understanding class inclusion, children in the concrete operational stage know that dogs belong to the larger CATEGORY of animals So they would answer: ANIMALS(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 166)
  24. 24. FORMALOPERATIONALTHOUGHT Stage 4 (age 12 and up)• 5 important higher-level cognitiveabilities
  25. 25. 1. HYPOTHETICO-DEDUCTIVE REASONING  “ability to plan systematic tests to explore multiple variables”… HUH? IT MEANS SCIENTIFIC REASONING!!!(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 167)
  26. 26. 2. ABSTRACT THOUGHT“Thought about things that are not real or tangible” (Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 167)
  27. 27. 3. SEPARATING REALITY FROM POSSIBILITY “direction of thinking about reality and possibility reverses: … reality is thought of as only one of many possible outcomes” How things could be(Littlefield Cook & Cook, 2005/2009, p. 167)
  28. 28. 4. COMBINATIONAL LOGICThinking about multiple aspects and combining them logically to solve problems
  29. 29. 5. REFLECTIVE THINKING Thinking about your own thinking
  30. 30. WHAT IF A CHILD DOES NOT DEVELOP AS PIAGET EXPLAINED? IN MOST CASES, CHILDREN WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES DO NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ALL OF PIAGET’S STAGES OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
  31. 31. COGNITIVEDISABILITIES
  32. 32. DOWN SYNDROME (TRISOMY 21)IS A COMMON EXAMPLE OF A COGNITIVE DISABILITY
  33. 33. COMMONASPECTSOF DOWNSYNDROME
  34. 34. (National Down Syndrome, 2011).
  35. 35. (National Down Syndrome, 2011).
  36. 36. FOR MORE INFORMATION ONPIAGET Berk, L.E.(2007). Development through the lifespan: Fourth Edition. Illinios: Pearson Education, Inc. Hall, C. E. Nordby, V.J. (1974). A guide to pyschologists and their concepts. San Fransico: Freeman and Company. Malott, R.W. Whaley,D.L.(1976). Pyschology. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc. Wadsworth, B.J.(1996). Piaget’s theory of cognitive and affective development: Fifth Ed. New York: Logman Publishers, U.S.A.
  37. 37. REFERENCESLittlefield Cook, J., & Cook, G. (2009). Cognitive development: Piagetian and sociocultural views. in Child development principles andperspectives (2nd ed., pp. 151-183). Boston :Pearson Education, Inc. (Original workpublished 2005)National down syndrome society - mental health issues and down syndrome. (2011). Retrieved November 30, 2011, from National Down Syndrome Society website:

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