Chapter 8 - Chapter 8 Cognition: the mental activity...

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Chapter 8 Cognition: the mental activity through which human beings acquire, remember, and learn to use knowledge Piaget’s main tenet: the child actively seeks knowledge Constructivist view: the child actively tries to fit information in with the knowledge that already possess construct their own understanding cognitive organization schema: organized unit of knowledge that a person uses to understand and interact with the environment\ organization: combination of simple metal structures into more complex systems operations: schemas based on internal mental activities cognitive adaptation adaption: adjusting one’s thinking to fit with environmental demands assimilation: try to apply what they already know to new experiences accommodation: modifying an existing schema to fit the characteristics of the new situations The stages of cognitive development stages of development: comprehensive, qualitative changes over time in the way a child
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