Essay Kermit and the Keyboard from a Cognitivist Perspective

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Kermit and the Keyboard from a Cognitivist Perspective
Laurie B. Conaway
American InterContinental University

Abstract Three different cognitivist approaches to the story Kermit and the Keyboard are presented in Driscoll’s Psychology of Learning for Instruction (2005). Cognitive Information Processing, Piagetian Theory, and Interactional Theories of Cognitive Development are the three perspectives given on how Kermit learns to play the keyboard. These theories have similarities as well as divergent views on development.

Kermit and the Keyboard from a Cognitivist Perspective
Cognitive Information Processing, Piagetian Theory, and Interactional Theories of Cognitive Development explored the principles associated with
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CIP explains the continuing development process, the actual stages of the learning process.(Driscoll, 2005)
Piagetian Theory
Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development proposes that a child’s capacity to understand certain concepts is based on the child’s developmental stage. He outlined 4 stages of development that spanned a child’s age from birth through 11 years old. The list below presents a summary of the characteristics typical at each stage: * Sensorimotor (birth to approximately age 2) – begins to mentally represent objects and events * Preoperational (2 to 7 years) – engages in symbolic play * Concrete Operational (7 to 11 years) - performs mental operations * Formal Operational (11 years onward) - Solves abstract problems in systematic and logical fashion (Driscoll, 2005, p.195)
Piaget’s perspective on Kermit assumes he has reached his formal operational stage of development and therefore does not provide much of an explanation of how Kermit learned to play the keyboard. However if applied to a child learning to play the keyboard, like the CIP theory Piaget’s theory does address the learning of a symbol system which he termed social knowledge. This can be used to explain Kermit’s recognition of the musical notes and