How Did Jean Piaget's Impact On Cognitive Development

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Piaget and His Impact through His Studies on Cognitive Development in Children Every ounce of knowledge people have today originated from someone’s original theories, and ideas. If one was to look at the way in which cognitive development is view, then then some of the roots of the knowledge of how a child develops would lead back to Jean Piaget. This developmental psychologist helped shape the knowledge we have of children and their cognition. Piaget was born on August 9th, 1896. He died at age 84 on September 16, 1980 in Geneva, Switzerland. Swiss born, he was the child of Arthur Piaget and Rebecca Jackson (Jean Piaget Society). Although Piaget is primarily known as a developmental psychologist, his interests as a young man included biology…show more content…
Acting as vice-president and director, Piaget helped reorganize it as the University of Geneva (Academy of Geneva). Piaget was married in 1923 to Valentine Châtenay, whom with he had three children. He studied Jacqueline, Lucienne and Laurent’s development from the time of their birth throughout their early childhood development years. All in all, Piaget penned and published over 50 books and 500 papers. Along with all his publications, Piaget held many principal appointments serving as a professor, and director at the following: University of Geneva, University of Neuchâtel, University of Lausanne, and Institut Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In 1955, he created the International Center for Genetic Epistemology which he directed until his death. During his lifetime of achievements he also was President of different committees, and societies including the Swiss Society of Psychology, and the French Language Association of Scientific Psychology. Harvard, Manchester, Cambridge, and Bristol along with 27 other universities awarded Piaget honorary doctorates (Jean Piaget…show more content…
Many practices in education are based on his very theory. “All of Piaget's work was revolutionary because it transformed our thinking about cognitive development. One of his books - The Origins of Intelligence in Children - stands out as particularly influential. First published in 1936, it was most widely appreciated after 1952, when it was translated to English. The book contains exceptionally detailed observations of his three children - Jacqueline, Lucienne, and Laurent - from birth to about age two. Each set of observations is followed by Piaget's theoretical explanation for different behaviors” (Thurber). Without Piaget’s work on cognitive development our understanding of such might not be as advanced as it is today. His willingness to pay close attention to how infants completely opened up a new world of understanding on how children develop in a time when many people were opposed to looking at development from any other view than the primitive knowledge that was already accepted. Jean Piaget’s work has touched and inspired multiple fields including psychology, sociology, education, epistemology, economics, and

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