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Cognitive Development: Assimilation and Accommodation

Cognitive Development: Assimilation and Accommodation

Author: Barbara Ludins

This lesson will differentiate assimilation from accommodation.

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Cognitive Development: Assimilation and Accomodation

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  • Schema

    The basic mental structures around which we construct our knowledge.

  • Assimilation

    Adding new information to an existing schema, or mental pattern.

  • Accommodation

    Either modifying an existing schema to fit new information, or creating a new schema.

  • Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

    Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development explains how children’s mental processes and understanding of the world changes in four stages: Sensorimotor, Preoperational, Concrete Operational, and Formal Operations.