Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development focuses on how learners interact with their environment to develop complex reasoning and knowledge. This lesson will focus on the six basic assumptions of that theory, including the key terms: assimilation, accommodation and equilibration.
If you have ever been around a toddler, it’s amazing to witness the growth and development of knowledge over the course of weeks and months. As children interact with their environment and new objects, they learn and develop ideas.
Take any child to a zoo, and you will witness this process. Perhaps they have seen a typical bird before, maybe a blue jay or robin, and they associate that animal as a bird. But at the zoo they see new exotic animals with wings and feathers that fly and they know, without being told, that those animals are birds, too. Let’s discuss how this process occurs according to Piaget’s cognitive development theory.