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Jean Piaget and Cognitive Development
A discussion on Jean Piaget as a pioneer in the study of cognitive development.
# 133536 | 4,500 words | 31 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Psychology (Piaget)

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This paper considers the ideas of Jean Piaget, a psychology pioneer who realized that children think in ways that are different from the way adults think. The paper explains that instead of feeling that the way children think is somehow "wrong," Piaget realized that children think in ways that are perfectly reasonable for the child, even if they are technically wrong from an adult sense. Thus, a 5-year-old sees trees waving in the wind, and concludes that the waving of the trees causes the wind, rather than the other way around. The paper posits that he was a brilliant and charming man.

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"Jean Piaget was born in 1896 in Neuchatel in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. His father was a professor of medieval literature at the University of NeuchAfActel. His mother, although intelligent, energetic and kind, was also neurotic, something that led Piaget to study psychology, psychoanalysis, and pathological psychology. Piaget's godfather was Samuel Cornut, a scholar who prompted Piaget's interest in epistemology, the study of the nature and origin of knowledge, which was what Piaget regarded as his true specialty. (Presnell, 1999; Papert, 2003)"

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