The life of Jean Piaget

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The life of Jean Piaget

Some of Piaget's main, most notable goals were:- he wanted to revolutionize the way research methods were conducted- to observe and explain children's thought processes, and how it differs from adults and- to examine how children communicate without adult intervention.

The Life of Jean Piaget

Developmental psychologist and philosopher

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1922: Moved to Geneva to work as director of research for the Rousseau Institute with Edouard Claparede

Piaget's final theory that he put together was that children go through four stages of ways of thinking in their lives -

The three structures were:Behavioral schemata - organized patterns of responseSymbolic schemata - mental codes used to represent experiences in one's mindOperatioinal schemata - mental activity on object's of thought

Piaget wrote many books trying to explain children's way of logical thinking; one of his books focusing around the question, "Can you see a thought?"

In order to understand childrens' reasoning, he had to examine the limits of naturalistic observation.

Piaget used Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic method to conduct some of his own experiments.


1936: Proposal that children moved from a position of egocentrisim to sociocentrism lead to a doctorate from Harvard for Piaget


1953: Piaget decribed three different kinds of intellectual structures



19965-67: Wrote Biology and Knowledge which expressed the possibility of physical embodiments for his abstract schema entities

1960s: The "Thid Piaget," which is Piaget's logical model of intellectual development, is debated by American psychologists.


Born in Neuchatel,Switzerland

1918: Gotdoctoratefrom Universityof Neuchatel

Stage 3: Concrete Operational Period

Stage 2: Preoperational Period

Stage 1: Sensorimotor Period

Stage 4: Formal Operational PeriodAges 11 through adulthood: Mental operations applied to abstract ideas; logical, systematic thinking

2-7 years: Development of symbolic thought marked by irreversibility, centration, and egocentrism

7-11 years: Mental operations applied to concrete events; mastery of conservation, hierachial classification

Birth to 2 years: Coordination of sensory input and motor responses; development of object permenance


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