Post your response to the question below with at least 200 words in the Discussion Area by Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Cite information from at least one academic source, such as your
textbook or an article from the Argosy Online Library, to support your
statements. Use current APA standards to properly cite your source(s).
Assignment 1: Identifying Stages of Development
Both Piaget’s Model of Cognitive Development and Kohlberg’s Model of
Moral Development are outlined in stages, with one stage building off
of the previous stage. Put yourself in the role of parent, teacher and
juvenile justice judge and then in each role identify why it would be
necessary to understand the cognitive/moral stage from which a child is
operating. What are the most important aspects these development models
for a parent, teacher and judge to be aware of? Provide examples and be
sure to include specific stage characteristics.
Piaget's model of cognitive development has been widely used by
educators to develop appropriate curricula for our school-aged
children. As the child matures and passes through the cognitive
milestones they develop new ways of thinking. The acquisition
of symbolic capacity allows the child to begin to understand language
and this accelerates their cognitive development. The egocentric
thinking of preoperations will eventually give way to logical
reasoning. Problem-solving strategies advance from primarily
trial and error to hypothetical and deductive. Kohlberg's Model of
Moral Development provides us with a framework to understand the child's
understanding of right vs. wrong as they progress from a heteronomous
moral code to one that is autonomous. Both
cognitive and moral development would be important considerations for a
parent, a teacher and a judge. Be sure to address all aspects of the
assignment in your initial post.