Jean Piaget 's Theory Of Scientific Psychology Essay

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About Jean Piaget:
Jean Piaget was born on August 9th, 1896 in Switzerland. He wrote over sixty books and hundreds of scholastic articles over his lifetime, the first in which he wrote a short paper about the albino sparrow that was considered to be the origins of his scientific career. Piaget studied natural sciences at the University of Neuchatel where he also held multiple chairs in psychology, sociology and history of science. He was also known for holding a chair for the history of scientific thinking at Geneva and the International Bureau of Education. In the 1920’s, Piaget was employed at the Binet Institute to create French translations of English intelligence test questions. He became interested as to why the children gave wrong answers to the questions regarding logical thinking. Piaget’s goal was to answer how knowledge grows by using his research in cognitive psychology and was the first to make a systematic study of this theorized development. He separated and defined his research and studies on cognitive development in to four different stages: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational and formal operational stages.

Stage 1 – Sensorimotor: The first stage in our cognitive development is called the sensorimotor stage. This stage is defined from birth to the age of two and how we gain knowledge through the manipulation of objects and our sensory experiences. It is observed during these beginning years that a child’s intelligence is made up of their…

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