Piaget 's Stage Theory Account For Children 's Cognitive Development

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How well does Piaget’s stage theory account for children’s cognitive development?
Intro
Piaget believed there were four stages in a child’s cognitive development and sub stages within these stages. These stages have been the object of debate since Piaget introduced them and are still continuously debated. All of the stages are very concrete and large scale. They don’t account for children at a particular age who are behind or ahead. Piaget underestimated the capability of children to do particular things earlier than he predicted. However, Piaget overestimated the ability of younger children to understand the words used by adults and the implications of their actions. Piaget’s stages help schools to understand that children develop in different ways and hopefully provide schools with different, more stimulating ways to educate students. The four stages have provided a basis for child development, spurred other child psychologists into proving his theories incorrect and created the first step in the understanding of cognitive development.
What is a stage?
A stage in psychology is a step that contributes to development. It is a synonym for behaviour (Brainerd, C. .J. 1978). Jean Piaget theorised that there are four stages in a child 's development. Sensorimotor, which occurs in children age zero to two, pre-operational in ages two to seven, concrete operational in ages seven to twelve and formal operational from the age of twelve onwards. The sensorimotor stage is the process…
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