Identifying Stages of Development

Assignment 1: Identifying Stages of Development

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.

Assignment 1 Faculty Stallings Email this Author 3/30/2014 11:33:14 AM

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.

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