New Theory of Children’s Thinking Development: Application in Language Teaching

  • Kekang He

Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)

About this book


This book proposes a new theory on children’s thinking (cognitive) development. According to this theory, the stages of said development should be divided into four stages: first, the stage of animalistic thinking (birth–before possessing basic language ability); second, the stage of elementary thinking (beginning to possess basic language ability–beginning to possess proficient oral ability); third, the stage of intermediate thinking (beginning to possess proficient oral ability–before the formation of comprehensive cognitive ability); and fourth, the stage of advanced thinking (after the formation of comprehensive cognitive ability). In this context, thinking includes logical thinking, visual thinking and intuitive thinking. Based on the new theory, the author points out the serious negative impact that Piaget’s stage theory of children’s cognitive development has had on Chinese language education in China. The book also offers a number of practical principles, such as five teaching activities for language teaching of extension, typing, writing, passage, and thinking.


Children's Cognitive Children’s Thinking Development Cognitive Development Stages Creative Thinking Language Education Language Teaching Primary School Primary School Language Education Technology-enhanced Learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Kekang He
    • 1
  1. 1.Beijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-836-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-837-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-4963
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-4971
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