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Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

5. Influence on Later Research

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the crucial influence Piaget’s theory of cognitive development has had on later research in the field of developmental psychology. We begin by considering the datedness of Piaget’s research, some of which was published almost 100 years ago, and suggest that it is nevertheless still seen as being highly influential due to its interesting findings and strong, clearly testable claims. Next, we examine a range of more recent research in the field of cognitive developmental psychology that has subjected Piaget’s theories to renewed scrutiny. This includes, amongst others, approaches that look at the role of language and rhetoric in Piaget’s experiments and research that has rejected the all-encompassing nature of Piaget’s stage model in favour of a more domain-specific approach (e.g. looking at changes in language and social cognition as separate processes). Finally, we examine the impact of Piaget’s theories beyond the field of cognitive psychology, highlighting the influence of his research on theories of education.

Course

In this course, Dr Richard O’Connor (University of Hull) discusses Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. We begin, in module one, by getting to grips with the key concepts of Piaget’s theory, including his proposed stages of cognitive development, before moving on to discuss each stage in turn. Module two looks at the sensorimotor stage, module three considers the pre-operational stage and module four examines the stages of concrete and formal operations. Finally, in module five, we think about the crucial influence Piaget’s theory of cognitive development has had and continues to have on later research in the field of developmental psychology.

Lecturer

Dr Richard O'Connor is a cognitive developmental psychologist with research interests in cognition from infancy through to adulthood.

Particular areas of interest include theory of mind, representation of objects and actions, and word learning.

Dr O'Connor joined the University of Hull in August 2016, after completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge and teaching positions at Royal Holloway and the University of Oxford.

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O'Connor, R. (2019, September 27). Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development - Influence on Later Research [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/influence-on-later-research

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O'Connor, Richard. "Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development – Influence on Later Research." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/influence-on-later-research

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