Do you know who Jean Piaget is?
Jean William Fritz Piaget was a a Swiss psychologist and genetic epistemologist. Piaget is well-known for his theory on cognitive development and epistemological view, called together "genetic epistemology". From his studies, Piaget concluded that children were not less intelligent than adults, they simply think differently. Albert Einstein called Piaget's discovery "so simple only a genius could have thought of it."
Piaget's theories continue to be studied in the areas of psychology, sociology, education, and genetics. His work contributed to our current understanding of the cognitive development of children. Here some of Piaget's most inspiring quotes on child psychology and child cognitive development for you to read:
- "Before playing with his equals, the child is influenced by his parents."
- "If children fail to understand one another, it is because they think they understand one another."
- "If you follow the child... you can find out something new."
- "Children's games constitute the most admirable social institutions."
- "The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover."
- "Only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent or gradual."
- "The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done."
- "Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next."
- "Play is the answer to how anything new comes about."
- "The child perceives things like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject and is familiar only with his own actions."
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