Formal Operational Thinking Applied Analytical Essay by Nicky

Formal Operational Thinking Applied
Analysis of the author's personal application of Piaget's theory of formal operational thinking.
# 128579 | 982 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2010 in Psychology (Piaget) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper analyzes Jean Piaget's concept of formal operational thinking, showing its application on a personal level. The author sets out to keep track of his actions for a day, and discovers that he employs formal operational thinking even on seemingly mundane tasks. The paper explains that Piaget is known for his theory of cognitive development, which involves a series of developmental thought stages identified as sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational. The paper concludes that people employ operational thinking without realizing it; however, operational thinking comes into play when they delve in abstract concepts, process hypothetical situations, and think systematically and logically.

From the Paper:

"I wanted today's breakfast to be special, so I cooked pasta since my kids love it. I am no expert in cooking, but I surely know the basics. At first, I was not satisfied with the sauce's taste. I was trying to make it sweet, sour, spicy - a bit of each. But the result was bland - boring enough to ruin my kids' morning. I thought of which ingredients were best to add. I thought of adding more sweetener, cheese, and pepper. I tried to approximate the amount of each ingredient that I would put in to make the outcome what I envisioned it to be. I carefully thought of the ingredients to add and at which amount to avoid waste. Fortunately, I achieved the sweet-sour-spicy taste I was looking for. As I was preparing breakfast, I thought of passing by the grocery later in the afternoon before heading home. I thought of the items I should buy - which stocks ran out, which products come with which, products needed in my menu for the week, and other items that the kids asked for. I listed all these to ensure that I would not miss any, and then I calculated how much I would be spending.:

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Santrock, J. W. (2004). Life span development (9th Ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

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