Piaget 's Cognitive Theory And Cognitive Development

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1) Examine how Piaget’s cognitive theory can help to explain the child’s behavior. Piaget confirms “Each cognitive stage represents a fundamentally new psychological reorganization resulting from maturation of new functions and abilities” (as in Greene, 2009, p.144). The case Vignette describes Victors’ stages of development through Piaget’s stages of cognitive development as exhibited behavior that occurred during the sensorimotor, preoperational, as established areas. Victor experienced a normal birth. His baby stage and growth period were also normal. However, Piaget states “Progression from one stage to the next is a function of both biological maturation and the child’s experience and action in the environment” (as in Greene, 2009, p.145). Victor may have also experienced some difficulty understanding if and when his father would return to the family. Piaget states “reversibility is the ability to follow a line of reasoning back to where it started” (as in Greene, 2009, p. 146). During the concrete operational stage Victor may not have been able to separate his longing for his father from realizing that he was being provided for. Although his parents tried to keep him out of the details of their financial struggles he struggled to fit in. Piaget states “Development proceeds from logical thought to logical thought, when applied to concrete problems, objects or events” (as in Greene, 2009, p.146). Once Victor was established in his current school, he shifted
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