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Support the cognitive development of children

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Cognitive development theorists

Jean Piaget

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Sally (12 months) sees a piece of food under the table. She crawls to it, picks it up, and puts it in her mouth. Then she spits it out, and smears it on the floor.

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Activity 1b

Liam (9 years) has a new computer game to load. He places it in the DVD-ROM Drive, and waits for the first instruction.

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Activity 1c

Gabrielle (5 years) is watching her mother cook dinner. She asks 'what are we having? Why are you mixing those things together? Can I help? Will it make you sick like last night? Is it yucky meat because daddy will be home? Why can't I help?'

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Saul (12 years) is watching the news. He asks, 'why are those two groups fighting? I thought the newsreader just said they were having peace talks'.

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Lev Vygotsky

A brief look at other theorists of cognitive development