Piaget in the Classroom

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Educational Psychology
Piaget in the classroom

Describe 4 educational beliefs/practices that are grounded by the development ideas presented by Piaget.

The educational implications of Piaget’s theory are closely tied to the concept of intelligence as the dynamic and emerging ability to adapt to the environment with ever increasing competence (Piaget, 1963). According to the development ideas presented by Piaget’s theory, cognitive structures are patterns of physical and mental action that underlie specific acts of intelligence and correspond to changes in child development. A review of the assumptions and ideas grounded in his theory and investigation into research conducted since will illustrate applications of his developmental
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In contrast to this view Les Vygotsky, whose theories have also been implicated in modern educational teaching methods, explained that children can learn skills that are just beyond their ability if they are helped by someone who possesses that skill, this was known as proximal development and although it contradicts the fundamental argument behind Piagets support for cooperative learning, it provides an other theorists outlook on the benefits of cooperative learning in educational settings and thus increases support on its use. “Different learning theory approaches favour cooperative learning for different reasons” (O’Donnell, 2002) The second educational belief grounded in Piaget’s theory is individual differences. Piaget’s theory asserts that children go through all the same developmental stages; however they do so at different rates* because of this teachers should put more effort to arrange classroom activities for groups of children and individuals rather than for the whole class group. Also because individual differences are

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