Piaget's Stage Theory of Cognitive Development

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1156 words

Piaget's Stage Theory of Cognitive Development

Prediction Based on Piaget`s theory, children during the pre -

operational stage

have acquired the ability to stand apart and view themselves from

another person`s

perspective. They are able to describe themselves as different from


children by listing their unique characteristics, especially the fact

that their

names are different. They develop a more complex understanding of


such as age, name, family etc.. During the same stage children become

aware of

and use gender as a dimension by which to classify people. Once

children become

aware of their own sex, they learn to label themselves as boy or girl.


childhood is the time when children start to learn family values, and

become a

cooperative part of the family with their own responsibilities. They


countless hours of play and other activities with their siblings.

Although young

children may use words reflecting an understanding of time, such as


hour, day, or week, they still confuse the concept of time and space.

Based on

Piaget`s theory, I believe that the interviewed children will know

their age,

name, gender, and their siblings. I do not expect to know their exact


and address because it is still too abstract for them. Furthermore, I

do not

expect that the background/culture is influencing the children`s

answers to my

questions. I believe that all four tested children do understand and

are able to

answer my questions. Methods Interviewing four children from different

backgrounds was the method use to assess the children`s cognitive


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...itive development? Do pre -


children understand the concept of age? Does bilingualism have

influence on

cognitive abilities? Does gender influence cognitive abilities or

skills, is

there a difference between girls and boys? ⌠Is there a difference in

cognitive development / abilities between children in highly


societies versus nonindustrialized societies?


Gormly, Anne. Lifespan Human Development, Sixth edition: pp. 168 - 184


206 - 213. Piaget, Jean. The Conception of Age, Basic Books, Inc., New


1969 Chapter III, Age and Inner Time, pp. 197 - 229 Bee, Helen. The


Child, 9th Edition, Allen and Bacon, pp.164 - 193 Dasen, Pierre R.


Psychology - Cross - Cultural Contributions, Gardner Press, Inc. New

York, 1977

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the first name, the rest of it, and the age of the person.
  • Describes the gender, age, and gender of the person.
  • Narrates how they were able to name and give me the age of their children.
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