Cognitive Theory and Development

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					                    Piaget’s Cognitive Development
          A WebQuest for Human Growth and Development
                                      Designed by
                                      Joyce Guest
                                Jguest@usamail.usouthal.edu




Introduction
Congratulations! You have just been hired as a teacher for the Poedunk County Schools.
As a condition of your employment, you have to go through periodic evaluations by the
principal. Your first evaluation occurs one month into your employment. You are
required to develop and implement a developmentally appropriate lesson plan based on
Piaget’s Cognitive Theory. This WebQuest will prepare you for this first milestone in
your teaching career.

Task
It has probably been a while since you studied Piaget’s theory. The Process section of
this outline will guide you through exercises that will help you to become more familiar
with Piaget and his theory. Your final task will be to create a lesson plan based on
Piaget’s developmental theory and test it on the class.

Process

Week One:

1.     First, you will gather information on the cognitive terms and stages of Piaget’s
       Developmental theory.
2.     Next, you will be assigned to a group of three students and give a group
       presentation of examples of cognitive activities that promote cognitive
       development.
3.     You will make an outline comparing and contrasting Piaget’s theory to another
       major cognitive theory
4.     Finally, you will write out a lesson plan for a twenty minute lesson on a topic of
       your choice (based on Piaget’s theory)

Week Two

1.     For week two, you will create a paper comparing and contrasting Piaget’s theory
       to another major cognitive theory
2.     You will present your lesson to the class based on Week One’s lesson plan
3.     Finally, you will provide the instructor with a one page evaluation of the
       effectiveness of your lesson based on classmate feedback, etc. (you may be
       creative with your evaluative techniques)


Evaluation

Week One:

                                                                        Point Value

Outline of Cognitive Terms                                              _____/10


Group Presentation of Cognitive Activities                              _____/10

Outline of Paper Comparing and Contrasting
Piaget’s Theory to Another Major Cognitive Theory                       _____/10

Lesson Plan for Twenty Minute Lesson on Topic of Your Choice
(based on Piaget’s Theory)                                              _____/10

Week Two:

Paper and Presentation Comparing and Contrasting
Piaget’s Theory to Another Major Cognitive Theory                       _____/20

Present Lesson to Class Based on Week One’s Lesson Plan                 _____/20

Provide Instructor With One Page Evaluation of Effectiveness
of Lesson Based on Classmate Feedback, etc.                             _____/20

FINAL GRADE                                                             _____/100

                                                                        Total Points


Conclusion

Okay, after you accomplish this task you will be able to effectively develop and
implement a developmentally appropriate lesson plan based on Piaget’s Cognitive
Theory. How would this lesson plan differ from a lesson plan developed from another
cognitive theory?
Resources

     1. http://teach.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/cogsys/piaget.html- Overview of Piaget’s
        Theory of Cognitive Development

     2. http://teach.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/cogsys/piagtuse.html-Cognitive
        Development Applications

     3. http://classweb.gmu.edu/awinsler/ordp/cogdev.html-Cognitive Development
        Intelligence


     4. http://www.time.com/time/time100/scientist/profile/piaget.html-Child
        Psychologist Jean Piaget

     5. http://www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/piaget.html-Personality Theories Jean Piaget

     6. http://www.he.utk.edu/he/ccrs/devlp.html- Activities to Promote Children’s
        Cognitive Development

     7. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/teachereduc/indexTE.html-Applying Piaget’s
        Theory in the Primary Classroom

     8. http://www.cocc.edu/cbuell/theories/cognitivism.htm-Cognitivism, brief
        overview of Piaget and other major cognitive theorists

     9. http://www.coe.uh.edu/~srmehall/theory/cognitive.html-Cognitive
        Constuctivism

     10. http://camalott.com/~rssmith/piaget.html-Going Beyond Piaget

     11. http://www.edcc.edu/wrein/PowerPoint%20Web%20Slides/ECE%20110/Piag
         et%20Slides/-Slides on Jean Piaget

     12. http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/-Kathy Schrock’s Guide for
         Educators/Lesson Plan Examples