Piaget Case Study Essay

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INTRODUCTION
This field study was done on three children who are of different ages and in different stages of their lives. In this paper you will see where each child lands in Piaget’s stages of Cognitive Development during the tasks presented before them. Jean Piaget had four different stages of Cognitive Development; Sensorimotor, Preoperational, Concrete Operational, and Formal Operational. While giving the tasks to the children in this case study it was clear at which stage or stages each child was in. By using the theories set forth by Piaget I was able to use his experience to see the child internally process their answers to the tasks given to them. Piaget believed that cognitive processing was an ongoing one that with more new
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Piaget’s had four different stages of Cognitive Development; Sensorimotor, Preoperational, Concrete Operational, and Formal Operational.
Sensorimotor
This stage is birth to around one year. In this stage infants began to see the relationship between sensations and their motor actions. They began to reach for objects, place objects in their mouths and use their body to make objects move. Around 9 months of age they learn object permanence.
Preoperational
This stage is from age two to around age seven. This was the one of the stages the children I observed fell into. In this stage children begin to think symbolically. Their language skills become better and they are able to better express their self. During this stage symbolic dramatic play emerges.
Concrete Operations
This stage is from age seven to around age 11. This is another stage the children were in. In this stage children begin to think rationally. They began to understand conservation.
Formal Operations
This stage is from age 11 and older. This is the stage were abstract thinking begins. Children in this stage can now think on the grounds of hypotheses and propositions. They are able to master scientific and mathematical
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After observing her I found that she placed in both the preoperational stage and the concrete operations. She did well with combination logic and conservation. These were the two areas that she was in preoperational but showed signs of entering into concrete. She was able to count both sides and saw that we had the same, but was not able to relay that to me until after doing the task three times. According to Piaget’s theory she should be placed in the concrete stage, because she is able to think rationally, and has somewhat of an understanding of

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