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Piaget's Cogntive Stages

1)How important is it to achieve formal operational thought?

2)What limitations would you experience at work and school if you operated at a concrete-operational level all the time and never progressed to formal-operational thought?

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1). How important is it to achieve formal operational thought?

It is important for specific skills associated with formal operational thought, which you would not be able to do. The formal operational stage begins at approximately age twelve to and lasts into adulthood. During this time, people develop the ability to think about abstract concepts. Skills such as logical thought, deductive reasoning, and systematic planning also emerge during this stage (Source: http://psychology.about.com/od/piagetstheory/p/formaloperation.htm).

These skills are important for decision-making, goal setting and going beyond learning from experience. They are important for subjects like algebra and science, which deals with abstractions and general principles.

2). What limitations would you experience at work and school if you operated at a concrete-operational level all the time and never progressed to formal-operational thought?

You would have less ability to plan systematically. ...

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