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Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development focuses on how children acquire knowledge and learn

Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development focuses on how children acquire knowledge and learn. He believed children are born with a basic mental structure on which all subsequent learning and knowledge are based. He suggested children go through four chronological stages: 0-2 years, Sensorimotor which is learning through the use of their senses; 2-7 years, Preoperational with the use of verbal skills and understanding the use of language and symbols; 7-12 years, Concrete Operational, beginning to develop logical thinking and abstract concepts and focus on more than one thing at a time; 12 years onwards, Formal Operational, ability to use logical and systematic reasoning.