The Four Stages Of Cognitive Development

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What is cognitive development? Why do children think and understand problems differently than adults would? Researchers’ used to describe children as young adults that were not as intellectual. New research has shown that the reason children solve problems differently than adults is not because they aren’t smart, but because they have different schemas. They have a different way of solving the problems, different approaches to the problem. Children make different judgements than an adult would and the also have a lower level of cognitive development. According to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (2015) cognitive development refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and gains understanding of his or her world. This process involves learning and mastering skills. Cognitive development is a lifetime journey from childhood throughout adulthood. It is a process every child goes through. Cognitive development occurs in four stages.
The first stage of cognitive development is the sensorimotor stage. The sensorimotor stage occurs in children from birth until the age of two. It is the earliest stage of cognitive growth and is broken down into six stages. After Sensorimotor stage occurs the child goes
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I also asked them simple questions to see how each answer differed depending on their age and cognitive development. One student was at the age of five in kindergarten and the other was at the age of ten in fifth grade. One of the experiments I used was the theory of centration with rows of paper. Centration is the understanding that what you see is what you think (Feldman, 173). The object of your concentration is the only thing that matters and you choose to ignore everything else. It is usually found in preschoolers. In the experiment using centration I aligned five pieces of paper in two rows each row having the same amount of pieces to begin with. After letting the

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