Take a measurement of the drawing (width
Has been influential:
1. What about verbal learning over action?
2. What about role of others (parents, teachers)?
Information Processing Theories
Metaphor: Computation System
Underlying many inf
Limitations of Preoperational thought:
Piaget described what children cannot do.
Not capable of operations (logic based actions):
thinking is limited to here and now.
Children have preoperational egocentrism (3 mountains)
Inability to conserve:
The mind builds organized structures through child's activity
What changes? Psychological structures or schemes.
Schemes start as motor action patterns
6 months: dropping scheme is rigid 18 months: dropping scheme more flexible -.
Hypothesized that children progress through four stages of cognitive
development, each building on the previous one
Piagets Stages of Development
Invariant and Universal: determined by genes, but environmental factors
affect rate of development.
Why developmental theories?
Why not just one theory?
Child development is a
: no single theory accounts for all of it
o Theories of cognitive and social development, focus on different
What is cognition?