Jean Piaget 's Theory Of Cognitive Development Essay

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Introduction When teachers think about teaching reading, they are faced with many challenges. Not only are there hundreds of different programs and strategies to incorporate into lessons, but also teachers always encounter a diverse population of reading students. There are students who are ‘natural’ readers who can pick up a book and enjoy it for hours. Then there some students that will do everything they can to avoid reading or even looking at a book. It is a teacher’s job to find a way to engage all students into reading. According to the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Guthrie, a teacher must not only be able to teach the 5 Pillars of Reading effectively, but they must also engage their students in tasks that are interesting and peak curiosity.

Paiget’s Theory of Cognitive Development Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development states that children have interactions with the environment, and then construct their own intelligence (Esnar, 2014). Piaget also believed that children construct knowledge within themselves from these interactions with the environment (Esnar, 2014). Piaget divided cognitive development into four stages: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete-operational, and formal-operational (Roe & Smith, 2012, p.119). It is important for teachers to understand which stage their students are in and to adapt their reading instruction to fit the characteristics of the students at that stage. For example, a student in the preoperational stage, realized…

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