Notes 2-25-08 - Notes Continued: Piaget Formal Operational...

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Notes Continued: Piaget Formal Operational Stage Around age 12, our reasoning ability expands from concrete thinking to abstract thinking. We can now use symbols and imagined realities to systematically reason. Piaget called this formal operational thinking. Rudiments of such thinking begin earlier (age 7) than what Piaget suggested, since 7-year olds can solve the problem below: If John is in school, Mary is in school. John is in school. What can you say about Mary? Reflecting on Piaget’s Theory Has been influential globally, validating a number of ideas regarding growth and development in many cultures and societies. However, today’s researchers generally believe the following: Development is a continuous process Children express their mental abilities and operations at an earlier age Formal logic is a part of cognition Social Development Stranger anxiety is the fear of strangers that develops around 8 months. This is the stage at which infants form schemas for familiar faces and cannot assimilate a
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