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Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
Jean Piaget is referred to as the father of cognitive development. He was a Swiss psychologist who observed the intellectual development of children during childhood. According to him,
“Cognitive development is a progressive reorganization of mental processes as a result of biological maturation and environmental experience.”
He studied the intellectual development of his three children.
What are the Educational Implications of Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development in Education
The educational implications of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development theory are as follows:
To Provide Educational Experience
Based on the developmental level of children, the curriculum should provide the required educational experience.
Encourage Self Learning Environment
Classroom activities that encourage and assist self-learning must be incorporated.
Incorporate Practice Learning
Practical learning situations must be included in the class.
Inclination of Co-curricular Activities
Co-curricular activities that enhance children’s cognitive development must be given equal importance as curricular activities.
Inclusion of the Project Teaching
The teaching method must be simple to complex and the inclusion of the project teaching method is recommended.
Development of Mature Thinking
Children learn and think differently from adults therefore, they should be taught accordingly.
Encourage Discovery Approach
The discovery approach to learning must be emphasized.
These are the educational implications of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. It is important to remember that major education goals are equal to critical and creative thinking.