Piaget 's Theory Of Cognitive Development

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The scenario relates to both Piaget and Vygotskian theories in the sense that they describe how the child 's mind develops through different forms of stimuli that occur during early childhood. Piaget 's theory focuses mainly on things such as; how children think; how the world around them is perceived and how the newly found information is explained through the language they use. Vygotsky 's theory however differs as the effects of different forms of social interaction occur in cognitive development such as; internalisation; social interaction & the zone of proximal development. The way that children think, see the world and the language that is used from the information that is received is described in Piaget 's theory as 'Piaget 's Cognitive Stages '. Piaget believed that the cognitive development of a child occurs in stages from birth to adulthood. These stages are: sensorimotor; preoperational; concrete operations and formal operations. Each stage has developmental milestones that are contained within it, in terms of the scenario a child that is in Year 8 would have already moved out of both the sensorimotor and preoperational stages. Concrete and formal operations would be observed with children in Year 8 as the stages recommend that children within the ages of 7-12 & 12+ will experience specific developmental milestones. Within the Concrete operations period signifies one particular milestone which is conservation. Conservation is the ability that a child has to
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