(After having read Piaget, I'm not sure if this could be considered pre-exercise, or not.)

Pre-exercise through symbolic assimilation could be alternately described as imitating a mode of being in behavior so as to increase the Child's understanding of said role, and to prepare them for such a role when they reach adulthood. It is pre-exercise precisely for this finalistic preparatory nature. An example; a child caring for a doll, like her mother would, is pre-exercise of the maternal instinct. Acting as such in order to assimilate to the role that she doesn't yet fully comprehend on a conceptual level.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you include a concrete (APA) reference of what you read from Piaget? $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Feb 5 '18 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with @StevenJeuris' recommendation. I couldn't find a reference for "pre-exercise Piaget" from some simple searching. $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Mar 4 '18 at 1:27

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