Jean Piaget 's Theory Of Psychology And Philosophy

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Jean Piaget was born in Neuchatel Switzerland august 9, 1896 too Author Piaget and Rebecca Jackson. He died in Geneva on September 16, 1980. The oldest child, he took an interest in nature very early. At the age of ten he published his first paper, a one page encounter of him seeing an albino sparrow. In high school he began publishing on his favorite subject, mollusks. Among European students of mollusks who assumed he was an adult, his work became well known. Piaget attended the University of Neuchatel after high school where he composed his own philosophy. At the university he studied natural sciences and obtained his Ph.D. during this time he published two philosophical essays that formed the basis of his structuralist philosophy.…show more content…
Piaget became interested in the nature of thought, especially in the development of thinking. He called it genetic epistemology, which means the study of the development of knowledge. During his career Piaget occupied a number of chairs. From 1929-1967 he worked as the director of International Bureau Of Education; 1940 he occupied the seat of chair of experimental psychology, the director of the psychology laboratory and president of the Swiss Society of Psychology; in 1955 he created and directed the international center for genetic epistemology until he past. Piaget noticed that infants have certain skills dealing with objects in their environment. How an infant explored his or her environment and gained more knowledge is referred to as schemas. An infant can grab a rattle and thrust it into its mouth Piaget referred to this as assimilation. When the same infant comes across a new object for instance a round ball he will try his old schema of grab and thrust of course this doesn’t work with the new object so the schema adapts to the new object. His process is called accommodation. Assimilation and accommodation are two sides of learning, adaptation. Assimilation and accommodation have been compared to the swings of a pendulum. He refers to this as equilibrium, according to Piaget they are directed at a balance between the structure of the mind and the environment, which
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