Piaget Cognitive Theory

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For decades psychological research has accepted the cognitive theory and ideas proposed by Jean Piaget in the early 20th century without much skepticism. While Piaget’s theory holds many vital aspects of childhood cognitive development, certain aspects may be worth examining or perhaps re-evaluating. Piaget largely contributes cognitive development to the acquisition of knowledge in stages, this suggests that children are only capable a finite amount of tasks at a given time. However, development particular cognitive development is much more complex and does not fit neatly into ordered categories without some variance. While, cognitive development can be characterized by linear or step-like progressions for the acquisition of some skills, this is not the case for many developmental milestones and tasks. Children’s cognitive abilities are not as linear or step-like as previously proposed. Rather, cognitive strategies ebb and flow similar to the movement of waves. The theory of overlapping waves proposed by Robert Siegler suggests that children and adults alike may use a variety of different strategies with varying degrees of frequency instead of large shifts in thinking or problem solving (Siegler, 1994). Siegler’s cognitive theory focuses on the variability within and among children for how they think about concepts in different ways. The theory of overlapping waves is adaptive in that it accounts for development throughout time. As depicted by research conducted by
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