Essay about Child Development

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Essay synopsis
Essay question: Jean Piaget proposed a step-wise sequence of mental development during childhood. Provide an overview of Piaget’s core ideas, discussing evidence for and against these ideas.

Jean Piaget (1869-1980) started to investigate children’s development after two years of working with children in Binet’s lab (Eddy, 2010).He found that children of younger aged gave different answers than those of alder age not because they have less knowledge but because they thought differently. He describes development as sequence of stages and each of these stages represents different type of thinking occurs in variable ages in different background (Vidal, 2000)
Focal point – children have all the cognitive mechanisms to
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3. Concrete operational stage (7-11 years): child able to think logically 4. Formal operational stage (11 years - ): able to manage higher order reasoning.
(Read, 1997)

* Describe each of the stages with more details. * Critically discuss the stages of Piaget’s theory.
Strength of Piaget’s theory
This theory changes the way that people thinks the child’s mind and his work increases interest in child development and it is very useful as practical application to the real world such as education and development psychology(Cherry, 2013). Further the understanding of cognitive development and children.
Weakness
Some have said that children are more precocious than what Piaget’s proposed. Piaget underestimated children’s abilities (Cherry, 2013). Some claim that Piaget’s did not include intervention into account. He did not consider about the importance of social influence of an adult. The aspects in Piaget’s step-wise model are strict and rigid. Besides, Cherry (2013) states that research show that all children will automatically move to next stage of development but not through environmental factors.

References
Cherry, A (2013). Support and Criticism of Piaget’s Stage Theory. http://psychology.about.com/od/piagetstheory/p/piagetcriticism.htm
Edday, S. (2010). Theories of cognitive development: Jean Piaget. http://psychohawks.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/theories-of-cognitive-development-jean-piaget/
Piaget J. 1985. The Equilibration of Cognitive

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