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1. Key Concepts
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the key concepts of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, focusing in particular on: (i) introducing Piaget as an influential theorist and researcher in cognitive developmental psychology; (ii) Piaget’s stage theory and its four stages of development being the sensorimotor stage, the pre-operational stage, the stage of concrete operations and the stage of formal operations; (iv) Piaget’s description of the key process that underlies cognitive development, where a child adapts their schemas through accommodation and assimilation; (v) descriptions and examples of schemas, accommodation and assimilation; (vi) acknowledgement that in this key process, the child is an active participant of building their own knowledge and understanding of the world.
This course, by Dr Richard O’Connor (University of Hull), explored Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. In the first module, we think about the key concepts of Piaget’s theory and his proposed stages of cognitive development, before focusing on each stage in turn. In the second module, we think about the sensorimotor stage, from 0-2 years, focusing on object permanence. In the third module, we think about the pre-operational stage, from 2-7 years, focusing on conservation and egocentrism. Next, we think about the stages of concrete and formal operations. In the fifth and final module, we think about the influence Piaget’s theory of cognitive development has had and continues to have on research in the field of developmental psychology.
Dr Richard O’Connor is a cognitive developmental psychology in the Faculty of Health Sciences and School of Psychology and Social Work at the University of Hull. Dr O’Connor’s research interests include theory of mind and word learning. Some of Dr O’Connor’s recent publications include Autistic Adults Show Similar Performance and Sensitivity to Social Cues on a Visual Perspective Taking Task as Non-autistic Adults (In Press) and Stroop interference is a composite phenomenon: Evidence from distinct developmental trajectories of its components (2020).
Cite this Lecture
O'Connor, R. (2019, September 27). Cognition and Development – Piaget's Theories - Key Concepts [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/key-concepts
O'Connor, R. "Cognition and Development – Piaget's Theories – Key Concepts." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://massolit.io/courses/piaget-s-theory-of-cognitive-development/key-concepts