Piaget: The Four Stages Of Cognitive Development

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Piaget developed many processes to help us understand how children construct their knowledge of the world around them. Piaget broke up these process into stages that occur throughout life. Each stage grows to be more advanced as you continue to the next stage. The four stages of cognitive development are; sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete, and formal. During the sensorimotor stage infants learn how to understand the world through coordinating their sensory skills. This stage occurs from birth to about 2 years of age. In this stage of development there are 6 substages. The substages include; simple reflexes, primary circular reactions, secondary circular reactions, coordination of secondary circular reactions, tertiary circular reactions, and internalization of schemes. Each of these substages occur 4 months a part. The first substage, the simple reflex, (birth – 1 month) is the coordinating of reflexes through sucking and grasping. Primary circular reactions (1-4 months) is the reoccur of an event or habit, like the repeating of kicking a mobile or sucking your thumb. Secondary circular reactions (4-8 months) is where infants become more aware of objects. Coordination of secondary circular reactions (8-12…show more content…
This stage is where creativity flows, that occurs between the ages of 2 to 7 years. In this stage young children start to develop reasoning of some point. They also use language better and more maturely than before allowing for memory processes. Preoperational stage of cognitive development is divided into two subsets; symbolic function substage and intuitive thought substage. Symbolic function is the substage in which children learn how to draw and represent objects that are not really present, this substage is from 2 to 4 years of age. The intuitive thought substage is from 4 to 7 years, this is where children start to reason and asking lots of
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