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Developing a Classroom Using Piaget's Stage Theory

For the final project, you will demonstrate your understanding of the material in this course by developing a classroom plan for either an infant/ toddler childcare facility or for a preschool classroom, based upon Piaget's Stage Theory.

For this project, include:

- An overview of Piaget's Stage Theory.
- The developmental characteristics of the selected age group.
- Physical layout of facility or classroom that aligns with Piaget's Stage Theory. Justify your layout with evidence from the text or other scholarly resources. (You may use a software application that provides graphic layouts like Classroom Architect, or create your layout in a word document.)

A menu of activities that foster learning across each of the domains: physical, cognitive, social and emotional, and language acquisition (so a minimum of four sample activities should be included). Make sure to include a detailed description with a step-by-step procedure that includes required materials.

An explanation of how and why each of the activities enhances development and aligns with Piaget's Stage Theory.

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Piaget hypothesized that infants use the schemes called "reflexes" to adapt to the environment. He described two processes that a person uses to adapt to the environment which are assimilation and accommodation. When these two processes obtain balance it is called equilibration. Piaget identified four stages of cognitive development (1):

1. Sensorimotor stage (Infancy): Knowledge of the world is limited and children do not acquire object permanence until around seven months of age. Physical development allows child to start to develop intellectual abilities. At the end of this stage some language begins to develop.
2. Pre-operational stage (Toddler and Early Childhood): During this stage, language use matures, memory and imagination are developed; however, thinking is non-logical and nonreversible.
3. Concrete operational stage (Elementary and early adolescence): Intelligence becomes more logical and is demonstrated through systematic manipulation of symbols related to concrete objects. Operational thinking develops during this stage.
4. Formal operational ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses what is necessary to develop a classroom using Piaget's Stage Theory as a model. An example of a layout is also included as an attachment.

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