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Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

1. Key Concepts

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the key concepts of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. We begin by introducing Jean Piaget as an influential theorist and researcher in the field of cognitive developmental psychology, i.e. the study of changes in cognitive processes throughout the lifespan. We then move on to examine his stage theory which proposed that the cognitive development of a child proceeds across four different stages: (i) the sensorimotor stage, (ii) the pre-operational stage, (iii) the stage of concrete operations and (iv) the stage of formal operations. Next, we think about Piaget’s description of the key process underlying cognitive development as the adaptation of the child’s ‘schemas’ through ‘assimilation’ and ‘accommodation’. We consider what is meant by each of these key terms and discuss some examples. Finally, we highlight the importance of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development as a ‘constructivist’ model which suggests that the child is not merely a passive recipient of knowledge but is rather actively involved in building up their own understanding of the world.

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 - Key Concepts [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/key-concepts

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O'Connor, Richard. "Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development – Key Concepts." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/key-concepts

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