Piaget's Legacy: Socioemotional Development And Cognitive Development

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Throughout history Piaget’s ideas and tasks have been used in the fields of educational psychology, special education, socioemotional development, childhood psychopathology, and comparative psychology. His ideas have also influenced the thinking of professionals who provide advice about parenting practices to the general public. His conception of children as active, constructive thinkers who learn only what they are structurally ready to learn has had an especially profound influence on educational thinking and practice. Flavell, J. H. (1996). Piaget 's Legacy. Psychological Science, 7(4), 200-203.
Piaget’s theories have had a major influence on and practice of education. His theories focus attention on the idea of developmentally appropriate
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As Miller (1993) explained; Piaget transformed the field of developmental psychology, he altered the course of psychology by asking new questions that made mentalists wonder why they had ever asked old questions in the first place. Once psychologists looked at development through Piaget’s eyes, they never saw children in quite the same way. (p.81). Flavell, J. H. (1996). Piaget 's Legacy. Psychological Science, 7(4), …show more content…
Flavell, J. H. (1996). Piaget 's Legacy. Psychological Science, 7(4), 200-203.
Piaget’s assimilation/accommodation model of cognitive growth correctly emphasizes the active, constructive nature of the child. This model allows us to view cognitive development as a gradual step by step process of structural acquisition and change. Children are not blank slates that passively and unselectively copy whatever environment they are in. (Flavell, 1992, p.998) Flavell, J. H. (1996). Piaget 's Legacy. Psychological Science, 7(4), 200-203.
The cognitive structures and processing strategies available to them at that point in their development lead them to select from the input what is meaningful to them and to represent and transform what is selected in accordance with their cognitive structures. Children’s cognitive structures dictate both what they accommodate in the environment and how what is accommodated is assimilated. Flavell, J. H. (1996). Piaget 's Legacy. Psychological Science, 7(4),

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