Piaget 's Theory Of Cognitive Development Theory

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Piaget 's Theory of Cognitive Development Numerous papers have been written on Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development Theory. Most fall short of helping others understand what exactly Jean Piaget means when it comes to the three basic components to Piaget’s Cognitive Theory. These two articles I have chosen to use in this paper, give the best explanation on his theory. This paper will go into detail on the key concepts of Piaget’s Cognitive Theory and hopefully help others understand in its simplest form. Literature Review Jean Piaget was born in Switzerland in 1896. After receiving his doctoral degree at age 22, Piaget worked with Alfred Binet (Cherry). It was then that he developed an interest in the intellectual development of children. He noticed that children were just as intelligent as adults. They were just thinking differently. He was intrigued with the reasons children gave for the wrong answers. All this was done by observing his children. To Piaget, children construct an understanding of the world around them, then the experience discrepancies between what they already know and what they discover in their environment (McLeod, 2012). The goal of this theory is to explain how and why infants and children think and develop the way they do. For this, he breaks it down into three basic components; schemas, adaptation process, and stages of development. Schemas are the basic building block for intelligent behavior. It is described as both the mental
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