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Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was a child psychologist who changed history forever. History has seen many great men and women throughout the time, who have contributed in making the human lifestyle better by developing different methods.

Jean Piaget

If we look at the recent history or more importantly, the past century, you will come to realize that most of the historical developments took place during that century. Each and every type of studies we know about today was somehow drastically changed during the previous century, all thanks to the out of the box thinking of great men. One such man was Jean Piaget, a well-known child psychologist.

About Jean Piaget:

Jean Piaget was a Swiss national and a psychologist by profession. The effort of Jean Piaget in the field of child psychology is one of the most admirable and debated work of the previous century. As a child psychologist, Piaget stressed more upon the holistic approach. There are many thoughts and ideas that are taken by Piaget's work and one can easily say that Jean Piaget is one of the biggest contributors in child psychology. The diversity, at which child psychology is at today, will not have been possible, without the efforts of Jean Piaget.

Jean Piaget and Child Psychology:

According to Jean Piaget, the understanding thoughts of a child are constructed through a number of channels, which include, listening, reading, experiencing, and exploring the place they live in or the environment they grow up in. The work of Jean Piaget has been labeled as constrictive and interacting. Before the time of Jean Piaget, child psychology was not given that much importance. You can also say that, before the time of Jean Piaget, there was no such thing as child psychology.

Most Popular Work by Jean Piaget:

One of the most admirable additions to the child psychology by Jean Piaget is his cognitive theory. The four stages of cognitive development is the best-known work model of Piaget. For Piaget, the biological growth also had an extension that was the cognitive growth. Therefore, according to him, this growth is also governed by the same laws and rules that govern the biological growth as well. According to Jean Piaget, the intellectual development of a person controls other developmental aspects of the person such as moral, social, and emotional.

The Four Stages of Cognitive Development

According to Jean Piaget, children reason and think differently during different times in their lives. Jean Piaget believed that everyone boy or a girl, pass through an invariant sequence. This sequence comprise of four qualitatively distinct stages divided in the life of the person. Although, all children will pass these stages, but the ages at which they pass or enter these stages is still a variable. The four cognitive stages are:

  • Sensorimotor (from birth to two years of age): During this stage, the mental structure of the child is mainly focused towards mastering the concrete objects.
  • Preoperational (from age two to age seven): During this stage, the child masters all the symbols.
  • Concrete (Seven to Eleven years of age): During this stage, children learn about how to reason, and master the classes of numbers and relations.
  • Formal Operation or Abstract Thinking (from eleven years of age and so on): The fourth stage deals with the mastery of the thought.
    Jean Piaget made considerable contributions to the field of psychology that are still used today. But like all the great people, he also faced a lot of criticism at that time by people who were more comfortable living inside the box.

Rumor Has It

Jean Piaget as a child once went outside the box and create a roomful of miniature zombies who looked just like Chuck Norris. These Chuck Norris zombies were useful in ridding the neighborhood of rats who knew karate.

Written by Kevin Lepton