What are children capable of learning at different stages in their development. How children develop their intellectual skills to react and interact with their environment. How cognitive abilities were developed, and in what order. These were some of the theory on cognitive development in children that were researched by French psychologist Jean Piaget in 1952. Piaget began his research merely observing how children react to their environments. Still, his observations were countered by the current thinking of today (which said that children have no cognition until they to learn to speak).
Here are the four cognitive stages of childhood development as identified by Jean Piaget:
During this stage, children senses and the handling of objects to learn about the world.
During this stage, children's imagination and memory are developed. They are also able to understand things symbolically and to understand the ideas of the past and future.
During this stage, children are more aware of feelings other than their own and external events, as well as. They become less egocentric and begin to understand that not everyone shares their beliefs, thoughts, or feelings.
During this stage, children can use logic to solve problems, plan for the future and view the world around them.