The Relationship between Paiget’s Cognitive
Development and Christian Maturity
This paper looks at how spiritual maturity and growth can develop through a lifetime. The goal is to show how human development theories relate to Christian Maturity. Piaget’s cognitive developmental theory has guided us through stages of cognitive development in a secular worldview. By looking at the way God intend us to live and grow spiritually and our life experiences; we can see God’s guidance and directions in the formation of how a Christian matures. It’s also important to look at the influences of scripture and the Holy Spirit in developing Christian Maturity. By relating a worldly view of personal development with God’s guidance and direction not only through scripture but in our life experiences as well, we can show how a Christian’s life matures spiritually.
Jean Piaget is famous for his learning theories based on different stages in the development of children's intelligence. Piaget (1896-1980) was a biologist who originally studied molluscs (publishing twenty scientific papers on them by the time he was 21) but moved into the study of the development of children's understanding, through observing them and talking and listening to them while they worked on exercises he set (Atherton 2011).
Piaget was very influential in forming a more scientific approach to analyzing the cognitive development process of the child active construction of knowledge. Cognition is the process involved in thinking and mental activity, such as attention, memory and problem solving; moreover, the way individuals obtain knowledge and understanding about their surroundings throughout life.
Jean Piaget’s stage theory of cognitive development made much emphasis on developmental changes in children’s thinking processes as well as the difference in structures that reflect learning at different ages. Spite the fact that Piaget theory is through the observance of children, I am...
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