Cognitive Development and Higher Education

Thoughts about Higher Education

Cognitive development across the lifespan throws up an interesting problem for us here in Higher Education.There is fairly widespread agreement that Piaget got his developmental stages pretty close to the mark as he described how people develop from infancy through to adulthood. Although there is some argument about the details, with some adjustments that have been made here and there, the basic premise has pretty well stood the test of time.

There is fairly widespread agreement that Piaget got his developmental stages pretty close to the mark as he described how people develop from infancy through to adulthood. Although there is some argument about the details, with some adjustments that have been made here and there, the basic premise has pretty well stood the test of time.

The quandary faced by the higher education community lies in the final stage of cognitive development proposed by Piaget. The formal operational thinking…

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How We Know

I know that this blog post will be old news to most of us, but I think it needs reiterating within the present context of my thinking - how do we find out what we believe in, or what are the methods of knowing? According to Peirce (1877), there are three methods of knowing information, … Continue reading How We Know