This assignment will briefly discuss Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. It will provide a brief history about Piaget as a teenager and his interest on working with children. It will briefly describe the four stages of cognitive development. It will provide examples of children in the Preoperational stage and the Concrete Operational stage in and out of the school setting. This essay will expand on the examples discussed and explain how the examples fit into Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
What is cognitive development? Woolfolk states that cognitive development, “refers to changes in thinking, reasoning, and decision making” (p.30, 2013). For the latter part of the twentieth century, Piaget’s theory has been a staple in the area of cognitive development. Singer and Revenson mention that, “Piaget defined intelligence as an individual’s ability to cope with the changing world through continuous organization and reorganization of experience” (p.13. 1996).
From an early age, Jean Piaget was a noted researcher. As a teenager, Piaget had numerous scientific papers published on …show more content…
As a parent, I have watched my daughter grow and develop. She talked from an early age, and her language development soared with our interaction. She loves to draw and uses symbols to identify objects such as pets, family, or food. My daughter loves to play and pretends various scenarios with her toys. For example, we pretended that her princess characters were at an ice cream parlor and at fake ice cream. According to Woolfolk, this is known as semiotic function (p.46, 2013). Piaget emphasizes the major accomplishment of using symbols, and mastering the mental operations of the next stage (Woolfolk, p. 46,