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Jean Piaget

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on 15 October 2013

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Jean Piaget
“Each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered himself, that child is kept from inventing it and consequently from understanding it completely.”
Jean Piaget was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children.

Piaget's theories continue to be studied in the areas of psychology, sociology, education, and genetics.
His work contributed to our understanding of the cognitive development of children. While earlier researchers had often viewed children simply as smaller version of adults,
Piaget helped demonstrate that childhood is a unique and important period of human development.
His theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together called "genetic epistemology".
Genetic epistemology
is a study of the origins of knowledge (epistemology). The discipline was established by Jean Piaget.
"Shows that the method in which the knowledge was obtained/created affects the validity of that knowledge."
Born August 9, 1896 - Died September 16, 1980

Jean Piaget was born in Switzerland in 1896 and began showing an interest in the natural sciences at a very early age.
By age 11, he had already started his career as a researcher by writing a short paper on an albino sparrow.
"Jean Piaget Biography (1896-1980)." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013.
Piaget identified himself as a genetic epistemologist.
He was interested not only in the nature of thought, but in how it develops and understanding how genetics impact this process.
Personal Life
His Significance ...
Cognitive Development
Describes the stages that children pass through in the development of intelligence and formal thought processes.
Today he is best known for his research on
Contributions to Psychology
"Jean Piaget Biography (1896-1980)." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013.
"Jean Piaget." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Feb. 2013. Web. 06 Oct. 2013
His early interest in zoology earned him a reputation among those in the field after he had published several articles on mollusks by the age of 15
In 1923, he married Valentine Châtenay; the couple had three children, whom Piaget studied from infancy.
His View...
Piaget did not focus so much on the fact of the children's answers being wrong, but that young children consistently made types of mistakes that older children and adults did not.
His work contributed to our understanding of the cognitive development of children.
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