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Preoperational - Preoperational(2-7 o Knowledge acquired...

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Preoperational (2-7) o Knowledge acquired through language, metal imagery, symbolic thought Symbolic representations – pretend play Egocentrism – tendency to view the world from ones own perspective Centration – focusing on one dimension of an object Reversibility Animistic thinking – attributing life to inanimate objects Concrete operational (7-12) o Children can reason logically about concrete objects and events o Conservation – understanding that changing the appearance or arrangement of objects does not change their key properties Formal operational (12 and up) o Children can think deeply about concrete events about can reason abstractly and hypothetically o Ability to engage in scientific thinking Evaluations of Piaget’s theory Pros o Changed how we see children’s thinking o Introduced us to the clinical interview o Had a vast influence on education o Stimulated enormous amounts of research Cons o Did he judge too strictly? Not give them enough credit?
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