Evaluation Of The Book ' The Forward ' Essay

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Section Three: Evaluation of the Book
In the forward to his book, Elkind identifies his alignment with Piaget’s intellectual theory. This viewpoint is strengthened by his emphasis on the natural desire to play, qualitatively different levels, and other ideas. A specific example of this strength comes through his discussion on the age of reason. He identifies the varying ages at which this age occurs, but notes that reason is a qualitative benchmark in child development that marks the best point at which to introduce formal instruction. He goes on to mention that developmental stages require instruction and play encouragement that are appropriate to the level at which a child is operating (E, 121-123). This follows very closely with Piaget’s cognitive theory of development, and especially the definition of the concrete operational stage. “As children enter the concrete operations stage, their through processes become organized into larger systems of mental processes––operations––that allow them to think more logically than they have previously” (E, 14). This definition aligns with Elkind’s description of the age of reason and children’s developing abilities to understand syllogistic reasoning. The textbook also identifies that reasonable classroom implication for Piaget’s theory might “use Piaget’s stages as a rough guide to what students at different grade levels can do, but don’t take them too literally” (O, 19). Earlier in the book, Elkind identifies that…

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