Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

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What inspired Jean Piaget to explore children's ability to think and reason?

Observing his own children's development

What did Piaget believe was necessary for cognitive equilibrium?

A balance between external sensory input and internal knowledge

According to Piaget, what are schemas?

Mental boxes of concepts

How did Piaget suggest children restore cognitive balance when encountering the unfamiliar?

By altering their thoughts or experiences

What motivated Piaget to map out the differences in children's thinking compared to adults?

Observations from testing children's IQ

What is the term used to describe the process of making sense of new experiences by relating them to what is already known?


Which of the following stages of cognitive development is characterized by the use of symbols representing objects or concepts?

Preoperational Stage

Children in the concrete operational stage, aged 7 to 11, develop the ability to think logically about which of the following?

Physical world

Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the sensorimotor stage of cognitive development according to Jean Piaget?

Ages 2 to 7

In which stage do children still not understand how the physical world operates and may exhibit pre-logical thinking?

Preoperational Stage

Explore the influential cognitive theorist Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Learn about his observations on children’s ability to think and reason, and how he recognized and mapped out the differences in thought between children and adults.

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