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Please help in describing one aspect of Piaget theory that has particular relevance to contemporary education and explain why. Finally, explain how the aspect might be influenced by contemporary educational neuropsychology.

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Jean Piaget is deemed as one of the first psychologists whose work continues to be directly relevant to contemporary theories of moral development (Langford, P., 1997). Piaget's observations of children and their application of rules helped him to determine that morality is also a developmental process (Langford, P., 1997). He also determined that younger children do not understand the concept of 'stealing' and 'lying' and he concluded that children begin in a 'heteronomous' stage of moral reasoning (Langford, P., 1997). Piaget also felt that children were egocentric because they cannot understand that someone else?s point of view may be different from their own (Huitt, W., & Hummel, J., 2003).

The concept of cognition is defined as 'the act or process of knowing' (Smith, L., 1997). Specifically it is an intellectual process by which knowledge is gained from ideas or perception and refers to thinking, remembering, learning and using language which is considered mental activity (Smith, L., 1997). Piaget believed that our ability to do 'abstract symbolic reasoning' is what distinguishes human beings from other animals (Bickhard, M., 1997). ...

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The solution discusses Piaget's theories on the stages of moral development and his theory on cognition. References provided.