Jean Piaget 's Theory Of Cognitive Development Essay

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Jean Piaget was a Swiss clinical psychologist known for his pioneering work in child development. He was born August 9th 1896, and passed September 16th 1980. Piaget 's theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together called "genetic epistemology". Piaget placed great importance on the education of children. As the Director of the International Bureau of Education, he declared in 1934 that "only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent, or gradual." Piaget 's theory and research influenced several people.
Piaget was born in Neuchâtel, in the Francophone region of Switzerland. He was the oldest son of Arthur Piaget, a professor of medieval literature at the University of Neuchâtel, and Rebecca Jackson. He was a very curious child and his earliest interest was in zoology, which earned him a reputation among those in the field. By the age of 15 he had already published several articles about mollusk. He briefly studied at the University of Zürich. He also was educated at the University of Neuchâtel. While he studied at University of Zürich he published two philosophical papers that explained his thoughts, but which he later dismissed as adolescent thought. His interest in psychoanalysis began to flourish while studying at these universities. Piaget moved from Switzerland to Paris, France after his graduation and he taught at the Grange-Aux-Belles Street School for Boys. In 1923, he married Valentine Châtenay. The…

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