25_cog_dev_mid_childhood - Cognitive development in middle...

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1 Cognitive development in middle childhood (ages 5 - 12) 1 Cognitive development In middle childhood children’s thinking becomes distinctly “two-sided” - Can think about objects from more than one perspective - Can hold one characteristic of a situation in mind while comparing it with another Piaget: Concrete operations “Concrete” because these mental actions (i.e., operations) are directed toward concrete objects in everyday activities Results in more flexible and organized thinking Allows children to think through their actions
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2 Conservation Understanding that some properties of an object remain the same even when its appearance is altered Mental operations - Identity – “They were equal to start with and nothing was added, so they’re the same.” - Compensation – “The liquid is higher, but the glass is thinner” - Reversibility – “If you pour it back, you’ll see that it’s the same” Mechanisms of change Piaget: assimilation and accomodation
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2009 for the course PSYCH 2090 taught by Professor Goldstein, m during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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