Piaget’s Predictions on Child’s Behavior

Piagets predictions on Child’s behavior

To prepare:

  • Watch each of the four cognitive development examples in this week’s Learning Resources and decide which Piagetian concepts are depicted in each video.

The Assignment (2 pages):

  • After watching each video, explain whether each child’s response to the tasks follows Piaget’s predictions. How would Piaget explain each child’s demonstrated behavior? Use Piaget’s terms and provide definitions or explanations of those terms. Explain any recent developments in the theoretical literature that might account for the children’s demonstrated behavior.

Be sure to support your explanations with specific references to the Learning Resources. Use proper APA format and citations.

Required Readings

Arlin, P. K. (1975). Cognitive development in adulthood: A fifth stageDevelopmental Psychology11(5), 602–606.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Carey, S., Zaitchik, D., & Bascandziev, I. (2015). Theories of development: In dialog with Jean Piaget. Developmental Review38, 36–54. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2015.07.003
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Elkind, D. (1967). Egocentrism in adolescence. Child Development, 38(4), 1025–1034.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

McLeod, S. (2015). Jean Piaget. Simply Psychology. Retrieved from

Miller, P. H. (2010). Piaget’s theory: Past, present, and future. In Goswami, U. (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Child Cognitive Development (2nd ed.) (pp. 649–672). Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons.
Note: You will access this book from the Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017a). Cognitive development examples [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Answer preview

Piaget defined the cognitive development by a child by forming a model of the world through the various stages.  Before his discoveries, the assumption that existed was that children are less competent thinkers than adults. To his invention, cognitive development involves reorganization of the process in the brain as the child matures biologically…

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