[2015] anna kondratyuk: Jean Piaget

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[2015] anna kondratyuk: Jean Piaget

born on August 9, 1896, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Reflection I agree with piagets theory in the way we learn. we are constantly retrieving previous knowledge of something and using it to help us understand new ideas and ultimately developing a new idea

Children have schemata (mental conception of what is common ideas of the world ), which are constantly changing. Schema constantly undergo adaptation, through the processes of assimilation and accommodation. When seeing new objects there is a state of tension, and a child will attempt to perceive the information to see if it fits into prior knowledge. If this fails, the information must be accommodated by either adding new ideas or modifying the existing ones to contain the information. By balancing the use of assimilation and accommodation, an equilibrium is created, reducing cognitive tension (equilibration).

Jean Piaget

fun fact:published his first paper at age ten

D iscovery:During his time working at Binet’s lab, he studied the way that children reasoned. After two years of working with children, Piaget finally realised what he wanted to investigate – child development. Over 10 years of expermentation and obervation his theory of cognitive development theory became complete in 1952.


After high school, Piaget went on to study zoology at the University of Neuchâtel, receiving his Ph.D. in the natural sciences in 1918. In 1918, Piaget spent a semester studying psychology under Carl Jung and Paul Eugen Bleuler at the University of Zürich, where Piaget developed a deeper interest in psychoanalysis. Over the course of the next year, he studied abnormal psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris.


1. A child might know what a dog is because it has four legs, tail, ears, so every animal they see with four legs must be a dog but when someone corrects them they adjust their knowledge to understand that each animal has its own name2. a child might go to a lake and see water and rocks/sand and go to a river or the beach and think they are both lakes, until their parents associate a different name to each body of water.


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