chapter  5
Cognitive development in adolescence: Thinking freed from concrete constraints
ByHenri Lehalle
Pages 19

Cognitive development refers to the successive levels of intellectual adaptation, from birth to adulthood. It consists of the general and slowly constructed competencies along with the various procedures and intellectual processing one individual might use in specific situations where a logical problem must be solved, whether at school or in everyday life. The analysis of cognitive development during adolescence remains strongly influenced by the seminal work of Inhelder and Piaget (Inhelder, 2001; Inhelder & Piaget, 1955).