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Adaptation; Adjustment; Change; Modification


A term coined by Jean Piaget; a cognitive process that involves developing or changing a schema (i.e., mental representation) to fit information encountered in the environment [1].


Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development includes the concept of accommodation. This cognitive process involves the development and alteration of mental representations, schemas, as individuals encounter new situations. It is the process by which we learn and develop our cognitive abilities. Accommodation, unlike the process of assimilation, requires a great deal of mental energy, thus individuals typically prefer to assimilate (i.e., a cognitive process that involves encountering something in the environment that fits into an existing mental representation, or schema) more than they accommodate [1].

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Children prefer routine in their environment so that they are able to assimilate information...

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  1. Ormrod, J. E. (2008). Educational psychology: Developing learners (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

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Kibler, J. (2011). Accommodations, Piagetian. In: Goldstein, S., Naglieri, J.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Springer, Boston, MA.

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