Psychology of the Child

ISBN-10: 0465095003
ISBN-13: 9780465095001
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/18/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist, whose original training was in the natural sciences, spent much of his career studying the psychological development of children, largely at the Institut J.J. Rousseau at the University of Geneva, but also at home, with his own children as subjects. The impact of this research on child psychology has been enormous, and Piaget is the starting point for those seeking to learn how children view numbers, how they think of cause-and-effect relationships, or how they make moral judgments. Piaget found that cognitive development from infancy to adolescence invariably proceeds in four major stages from infancy to adolescence: sensory-motor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational. Each of these stages is marked by the development of cognitive structures, making possible the solution of problems that were impossible earlier and laying the foundation for the cognitive advances of the next stage. He showed that rational adult thinking is the culmination of an extensive process that begins with elementary sensory experiences and unfolds gradually until the individual is capable of dealing with imagined concepts, that is, abstract thought. By learning how children comprehend the world and how their intellectual processes mature, Piaget contributed much to the theory of knowledge as an active process in which the mind transforms reality. Put simply, Piaget described children from a perspective that no one before had seen.

Preface
Introduction
The Sensori-Motor Level
Sensori-Motor Intelligence
The Construction of Reality
The Cognitive Aspect of Sensori-Motor Reactions
The Affective Aspect of Sensori-Motor Reactions
The Development of Perception
Perceptual Constancies and Perceptual Causality
Field Effects
The Affective Aspect of Sensori-Motor Reactions
Perceptions, Concepts, and Operations
The Semiotic or Symbolic Function
The Semiotic Function and Imitation
Symbolic Play
Drawing
Mental Images
Memory and the Structure of Image-Memories
Language
The """"Concrete"""" Operations of Thought and Interpersonal Relations
The Three Levels in the Transition from Action to Operation
The Genesis of the """"Concrete"""" Operations
Representation of the Universe: Causality and Chance
Social and Affective Interactions
The Preadolescent and the Propositional Operations
Formal Thought and the Combinatorial System
The Two Reversibilities
The Formal Operatory Schemes
The Induction of Laws and the Dissociation of Factors
The Affective Transformations
Conclusion Factors in Mental Development
Bibliography
Index

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