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Piaget s Theory of Cognitive Development Dr. Leilani Brown
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Who Was Piaget? Jean Piaget was a Swiss child development theorist whose vision of children as explorers of their environments has inspired early childhood education today. While Piaget acknowledged that language is important and powerful, he emphasized that sensorimotor activity is most important in cognitive development of young children and infants.
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Things to Remember about Piaget He studied his own children long before there were computers, the internet, big budgets for research and lots of peer support. He presented his early childhood conclusions more on the basis of what he believed young children could NOT do. He is the father of hands-on learning and developmentally appropriate practice. Much of his research was limited to his experience, but it got everyone thinking about children in positive ways.
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Eileen s Oranges Eileen and her friend Jessica were each given oranges of the same size for lunch. Eileen s mother helped Eileen with her orange by breaking it into neat sections. Eileen looked at the sections and burst into tears. I want a big orange, just like Jessica s! Now she has more! she screamed. Why does Eileen not realize that her orange is still the same size as Jessica s?
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Piaget s Preoperational Stage Spans the years 2 to 7. Features an extraordinary increase in representational or symbolic activity. Make-believe play is an example of representational activity. Piaget believed that sensorimotor activities leads to internal images of experience, which children then label with words.
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Limitations of Preoperational Thinking according to Piaget Piaget described preschoolers mainly on the basis of what they could not do. He believed that young
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course FAMR 230 taught by Professor Brown,l during the Spring '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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