Identifying Stages of Development

Psychology
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What are your thought about giving importance to children at Piaget’s Preoperational stage, (2-7 years old) where children begin to speak, become very curious and ask different types of questions?

Oct 3rd, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!

Although children at this stage cannot usually think abstractly, yet three important points must be borne in mind

1) Language acquisition: The more people and time spent speaking to a child, the faster his/her language development and vocabulary, which is directly linked to success at school and relationships with people, as well as with IQ

2) Developing curiosity so that the child wants to learn and find out about how things work gives him/her mastery over the environment, rather than being overwhelmed and feeling helpless.

3) Using concrete materials and apparatus, attempts can be made to explain complex phenomenon and answer children's questions in a simple way as a bridge to abstract thinking later on.

It should also be borne in mind that a child of 7 can do very complicated tasks if gifted (I have a 7 year old who is at least 4 years ahead mathematically). the challenge is to make the child understand complex processes.

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Sep 15th, 2015

On the other side, the Kohlberg’s model works in a similar way but differs by stating that there is need for social disorder and laws need to be adhered to so that a person can be said to be socially good", what were you thoughts on Kohlberg's model - did you agree or disagree with his theories?

Sep 15th, 2015

The theory basically is a common sense account of moral development starting with no internal moral values then accepting the values of an authority figure (normally parents). Then there is realization of different standards by different individuals, finally one;s own set of values. The problem is that the theory is not systematic and does not explain how and why people eventually adopt the values that they do: a person who admires his parents might end up with their values while another may be the exact opposite.

Sep 15th, 2015

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