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Six Psychological Studies

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ISBN-10: 0394704622

ISBN-13: 9780394704623

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jean Piaget, David Elkind, Anita Tenzer, Jean Piaget

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This volume presents six essays--collected in English for the first time--that are an incisive summary and a useful introduction to the work of the eminent psychologist. The development of behavior and thought, the creation of logic, perception and emotion--these are the central themes that jean Piaget deals with in Six Psychological Studies. The first part of the book retraces the stages in the mental development of the child, from birth to adolescence. The second section is devoted to more theoretical matters.   The work of Jean Piaget represents a major breakthrough in the development of a comprehensive understanding of the process of cognitive growth. His pioneering methods and theories have paved the way for a new approach to the investigation of when and how children are able to grasp and assimilate new ideas and information. This present volume makes available to a large audience the seminal ideas of the most important thinker of the 20th century in the field of cognition.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/12/1968
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.088
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.