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Piaget's pre operational stage and the role of social and cultural development of a child psychology in Bangladeshi context

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dc.contributor.advisor Akhter, Ms. Mahmud
dc.contributor.author Mahzabin, Zafrin
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-09T04:16:50Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-09T04:16:50Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08
dc.identifier.other ID 11363004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10361/3548
dc.description This thesis is submitted in a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in English, 2013. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (page 48-51).
dc.description.abstract Piaget’s theory has fame and criticism both. In his theory there are four stages where he has described development of children at different ages from birth to adolescence. In his theory of cognitive developmental stage he referred that a child maturation gradually developed by the process of direct continuation of inborn biological development rather than his surrounding environment which has been extremely criticized (Machado, 1996, p.148. In addition, among his four cognitive developmental stages Pre operational (2-7 years old) is the second stage where he has described some common characteristics of children as they are; imaginative, egocentric, confused appearance, reality and have magical thinking capability. Moreover, he also thinks that children of this age do not necessarily need any social or cultural awareness for their cognitive development. However, it has been discovered that Piaget’s Pre operational stage has been greatly criticized because of underestimating child’s competence at great amount (Smith, 1991, p.71). From this point of view, the aim of this study is to find out whether the characteristics of Piaget’s Pre operational stage really suit the Bangladeshi students or not. Besides, are they aware of the social and cultural aspects which plays significant role for their cognitive development will also investigate here. To perform this research, survey has been taken place, 60 respondents were surveyed successfully with a written questionnaire. Hence, classroom observation was done favorably to find out whether there were similarities with Piaget’s theory or not. The survey shows that most of the participants of this stage have a very few similarities with Piaget’s Pre operational stage theory. Besides, similarity was found with his theory that, Bangladeshi students of 5-7 years old have egocentric problem. In contrary of Piaget’s theory it was found that although Bangladeshi students are imaginative but they have sense of logic and practicality and they do not have the characteristics of animism which have been mentioned in this certain stage. Moreover, they are aware of social and cultural knowledge with the guidance of their parents and teachers. So, it can be said that although Bangladeshi students have similarity with few characteristics of Piaget’s pre-operational stage but the research proved that they are much more advance than that of Piaget’s Pre-operational stage. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Mahzabin Zafrin
dc.format.extent 53 pages
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BRAC University en_US
dc.subject English and humanities en_US
dc.subject Child psychology en_US
dc.subject Piagets's en_US
dc.title Piaget's pre operational stage and the role of social and cultural development of a child psychology in Bangladeshi context en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University
dc.description.degree M.A. in English


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