Cognitive Development 2
Stages of Development
How do young children think?
How do these cognitive processes change over time?
Does everyone support Piaget?
Sensory – Motor Stage
Nothing exists apart from child’s own perceptions and motor
No self concept
Look at organization of sensory and motor reactions
o (Piaget Schema)
o At birth… variety of reflexes
At first, schemas operate in isolation
Coordination of activities not present until 5 months
o (Both hands… 7 months)
Pseudo imitation present
o Child can imitate, but only if actions just produced
Importance of sensory (visual) feedback e.g. stick out tongue
Rough acquisition by 11-12 months
18 – 24
o Efficient imitation
o Representational thought
External world exists
Represented by some symbol
Conceptual system of higher-order schema