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Ch 5: CEOE Early Childhood Ed: Cognitive Development

About This Chapter

A thorough understanding of how children learn, grow and develop is essential for any teacher. The lessons in this chapter address this need while they help you prepare for the CEOE Early Childhood Education exam.

CEOE Early Childhood Ed: Cognitive Development - Chapter Summary

Review the theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky and explore the tools that help to identify and explain the stages that all children go through in their cognitive development. The videos cover the material listed below:

  • Developmental milestones in child and adolescent development
  • Understanding of cognitive development, accommodation and assimilation
  • Theories of Piaget and Vygotsky
  • Scaffolding and zone of proximal development
  • Role of attention and tools to promote cognitive development
  • Explanation of social constructivism, mediated learning experience
  • Stages and definition of information processing

These video lessons are designed to present quality information in a quick, easy-to-digest format. Our instructors are acknowledged experts, and their experience and expertise is at your command. A fully-transcribed version of the video accompanies each lesson, and key vocabulary is highlighted for quick identification and easy referral.

CEOE Early Childhood Ed: Cognitive Development Chapter Objectives

Oklahoma requires that teacher candidates take and pass the CEOE Early Childhood Education test as part of the certification and endorsement process. The lessons in our Cognitive Development chapter address the competencies in Subarea I: Child Development, Learning, and the Learning Environment, which is weighted at 19% of the exam.

Subareas I - IV contain 80 multiple-choice questions all together, while Subarea V contains the one constructed-response item on this computer-based exam. The constructed-response question may relate to any of the other four subareas and requires you to compose an essay or article of between 300 and 600 words. Our short lesson quizzes and the chapter exam can help you gain experience answering multiple-choice questions like you'll find on the CEOE Early Childhood Education test.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: CEOE Early Childhood Ed: Cognitive Development
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Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

1. Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

How does a child develop cognitively? Which influences development more - genetics or the environment? How important are early experiences in the growth and cognitive development of a child? These are some of the major questions that guide the work of researchers in the field of educational psychology. This lesson will begin to address these questions by describing the basic principles that characterize child and adolescent development.

Using Cognitive Development Psychology in the Classroom

2. Using Cognitive Development Psychology in the Classroom

Do you ever feel bombarded with the amount of new information in a class? How do you process new information in order to create usable knowledge? These are the types of questions cognitive psychologists and teachers seek to answer. This lesson will explore and apply the major assumptions of cognitive development and psychology.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

3. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development focuses on how learners interact with their environment to develop complex reasoning and knowledge. This lesson will focus on the six basic assumptions of that theory, including the key terms: assimilation, accommodation and equilibration.

Assimilation & Accommodation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

4. Assimilation & Accommodation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

How do assimilation and accommodation help a child adapt to his environment? You'll explore how established and changing patterns of information drive a child's intellectual growth as he learns about cats and dogs.

Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

5. Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget developed a theory of cognitive development that described and explained the changes in logical thinking of children and adolescents. Within that theory, he identified four stages of cognitive development through which all learners must proceed. This lesson will introduce you to and differentiate between those stages.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

6. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

7. Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky developed a theory of cognitive development which focused on the role of culture in the development of higher mental functions. Several concepts arose from that theory that are important to classroom learning. This lesson will focus on two concepts: zone of proximal development and scaffolding.

Social Constructivism and the Mediated Learning Experience

8. Social Constructivism and the Mediated Learning Experience

A well-accepted fact among educational psychologists is the idea that knowledge is not absorbed but rather constructed through a person's experiences with his or her environment. This knowledge may be constructed individually or collaboratively. This lesson will briefly explain the processes behind knowledge construction and provide information on how socially constructed knowledge can advance the cognitive development of learners.

Tools to Advance Cognitive Development

9. Tools to Advance Cognitive Development

The word 'tool' has a connotation of something that aids us. Normally, we think of tools being something manipulated with our hands to help us build. In this lesson, we will learn about tools designed to promote cognitive development.

Differences between Piaget & Vygotsky's Cognitive Development Theories

10. Differences between Piaget & Vygotsky's Cognitive Development Theories

Two of the most recognized cognitive psychologists, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, developed theories that addressed cognitive development and learning among children and adolescents. While there are similarities between the two theories, differences exist, and those differences are critical to the understanding and application of the theories in educational settings. This lesson will highlight those major differences.

Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

11. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

12. What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

How do we interact with and process information in our daily lives? Psychologists use the theory of information processing to explain it. They also use the theory to talk about our stages of memory.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

13. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

There is no time like infancy - it is the first exposure people have to the world. According to Jean Piaget, there are six stages infants go through as they develop cognitively and learn to act in their environment.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

14. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

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