Concrete operational stage. By Lauren Castellano
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Concrete operational stage. By Lauren Castellano

September 11, 2019

During roughly the elementary school years,
from about 7 to 11, give or take, children move into the third stage of cognitive development
according to Piaget. He called this stage the Concrete Operational
Stage. Now, we already defined operation, as the
ability to figure things out just in one’s head. So, this is the primary skill at this age. One of the best examples of this, is how children
at this stage can do basic math just in their head. For example, 5 plus 5 is 10. They no longer need to count, add or subtract
using their fingers or other objects. Conservation is now possible because of the
mental capability of saying something, like : “oh! Well, those 2 look different. But I know that that’s really the same”. Concrete refers to the fact that children
in this stage reason and think about concrete things. Not abstract ones. Abstract ideas and reasoning happen in the
next and final stage of cognitive development, Formal Operations, which begins in adolescence.

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