Jean Piaget's famous theory on childhood cognitive development has been instrumental to early childhood education. However, modern research has debunked his idea that children aren't capable of thinking abstractly until early adolescence. Instead, research demonstrates that even very young children can reason abstractly. We'll discuss how researchers have discovered this as well as practical implications as to how adults can best support young children's ability to think abstractly.
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