Piaget"s theory of cognitive development (piaget"s stages) Evaluations of piaget"s theory (object permanence): piaget was wrong! Today"s introductions: piaget: the man (not on the exam) One of the great minds of the 20th century. Genius: published articles on mollusks by 15 years- museum story. Prior you knew a thing if you could recite it (e. g. , goethe, rburns, bible) Progress (development), is towards: rationality (contrasted with the previous stages in history. Authority in people and scriptures, irrationality, and suspiciousness, fear, egocentricity. ) Stage progress toward an ideal: thinking like a scientist . Elaborate briefly on each: what is distinct about the sensorimotor stage, describe the _________ sub stage. Piaget: 3 basic concepts: begins with the person" as active knower, and curious seeker, stages. Development is moving us towards being rational- see previous slide: knowledge of the real is constructed. 1st basic concept: the person as a knower .