Outline and Evaluate Piaget’s Constructivist Theory of Cognitive Development

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Outline and evaluate Piaget’s constructivist theory of cognitive development In order to put Piaget's model into context it is useful to consider what intellect is, and some of the factors that influence cognitive development of the child. Additionally I will briefly discuss the term ‘constructivist’. Child development is generally concerned with how the child learns and expresses themselves at various ages. Typically studies are carried out on children from birth to adolescence. Specifically, most psychologists are interested in the processes that occur at particular ages, and what the child's capabilities are at each stage of their childhood. Many psychologists have carried out research on child development in the following areas: Intelligence (Piaget), Moral Values (Kohlberg), and Emotion (JJ Campus et al.) Piaget throughout his career was a developmental psychologist and contributed a significant amount to the study of children. Piaget was very passionate about the study of children, and devoted his life to his work. A lot of resources will refer to intellect as the ability to learn or reason. Piaget was particularly interested in this area in relation to the cognitive development of the child. In the history of psychology, as it progressed throughout the 18th century, various 'schools of psychology' developed. Two examples of the schools are Behaviourism and Structuralism. Constructivism is another school of psychology, and focuses directly on how people learn; specifically how knowledge is acquired and how it is transformed into learning. The constructivist theory relates to how a person experiences the world. Piaget was particularly interested in how the child experiences the world and how this aspect affects cognitive development. Jean Piaget was born in Switzerland. He was an immensely intelligent man and at the age of
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