Chapter 5 Learning Activity
Critical Thinking Activity: Preoperational Thought in Adulthood
Now that you have read and reviewed the material on cognitive development during early
childhood, take your learning a step further by testing your critical thinking skills on this pattern
When we progress to higher levels of cognitive functioning, we do not spend all our time at these
higher levels. Piaget himself once observed that he spent only a fraction of each day in formal
operational thought processes. This suggests that even as adults, we do not entirely leave
preoperational thought behind.
To help you understand preoperational thought processes in children, see if you can recognize
examples or traces of preoperational thought (Piaget’s second period of cognitive development)
in everyday adult behavior in the items below. Use your textbook to identify the characteristic of
preoperational thought that is illustrated,
provide an explanation for your choice (2-3
sentences should be sufficient).
Type your answers directly into this document.