Child Development Study

1055 Words Nov 30th, 2012 5 Pages
Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development is a theory used to analyze and understand human development and behavior. His theory is broken up into four stages: Sensorimotor, which lasts from 0 to 2 years of age, Preoperational, which lasts from 2 to 7 years of age, Concrete Operational, which lasts from 7 to 11 years of age, and lastly, Formal Operational, which the child enters at 11 years of age and stays in throughout adulthood (Santrock, 2010, p.24). Piaget’s theory of cognitive development is important because it stimulated the entire field of research and it still remains the most influential theory of cognitive development. Throughout my study, I will be focusing on the Preoperational stage, and more specifically, the concepts of …show more content…
This is why I only believe that my findings are slightly contradictory because she is very close to 7 years of age. On the other hand, my observations of my conservationism experiment were as expected. According to Piaget, a 6 year old would not be able to understand that the amount of a liquid will be conserved even if it is transported into a different sized container. Samantha was unable to understand that the same amount of apple juice remained in the tall glass after I had transported it from one of the smaller, same sized glass. Therefore, Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development is accurate, but there may need to be some room for age adjustments when analyzing participants who are within a year of a stage margin. In Samantha’s case, she was an early bloomer regarding the concept of egocentrism but she performed as expected when regarding conservation. During the Preoperational stage, the child begins to represent the world with words and images. These words and images reflect increased symbolic thinking and go beyond the connection of sensory information and physical action (Santrock, 2010, p.24). Samantha was able to exemplify behaviors consistent with not only the Preoperational stage, but also with the Concrete Operational stage, where the child is able to reason logically about concrete events and classify objects into different sets (Santrock, 2010, p.24). My findings have made it evident that there may need to
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