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Development Critiques of Piaget’s Theories Although Piaget made important contributions to the research on cognitive development, his theory has come under attack for several reasons: Recent research has shown that he greatly underestimated children’s capabilities. For example, researchers have shown that babies achieve object permanence much sooner than Piaget said they do. Children sometimes simultaneously develop skills that are characteristic of more than one stage, which makes the idea of stages seem less viable. Piaget ignored cultural influences. Research has shown that children from different cultures tend to go through Piaget’s stages in the same order, but the timing and length of stages vary from culture to culture. Some people never develop the capacity for formal reasoning, even as adults. Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development Stage Age Important Features 1 Sensorimotor First two years of life Object permanence, symbolic thought 2 Preoperational 2–7 years
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  • Winter '09
  • SCHEFF
  • Lawrence Kohlberg, Theory of cognitive development, Kohlberg's stages of moral development, abstract ethical principles

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