Within Jean Piaget’s theories on cognitive development are some interesting ideas on how children process knowledge.
Suppose that you are a young child who lives in a small rural town.Accommodation is part of the learning process that allows us to change our existing ideas in order to take in new information.Initially proposed by Jean Piaget, the term accommodation refers to part of the adaptation process.The following from the University of Puget Sound is a simple example clarifying the difference between assimilation and accommodation of knowledge. Accommodation is when you have to turn your round balloon into the shape of a poodle.“When a child learns the word for dog, they start to call all four-legged animals dogs. People around them will say, no, that’s not a dog, it’s a cat. This new balloon “animal” is a radical shift in your schema (or balloon shape)….His theories, however, can also be useful for understanding learning in general and can be applied quite usefully to survivors of trauma.