A Students' Guide to Piaget - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080064079, 9781483154824

A Students' Guide to Piaget

1st Edition

Authors: D. G. Boyle
eBook ISBN: 9781483154824
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1969
Page Count: 166
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A Students' Guide to Piaget is a students' guide to the work of Jean Piaget, one of the most influential thinkers in contemporary psychology. It discusses Piaget's multifarious epistemological interests, his developmental psychology, and his solutions to the problems of mathematical epistemology. Piaget's contributions to education, as well as his early work on children's language and cognitive development, are also examined. This book is comprised of 10 chapters and begins with an overview of the major problem that confronts students when they first encounter Piaget's work: why he has done it. Piaget's attempt to answer some very important questions in the branch of philosophy called epistemology is also considered. The next chapter introduces the reader to the basic concepts of Piaget's psychology and his concern with the development of intelligence. The discussion then turns to his views about the sensorimotor phase, pre-operational thinking, and operational thinking in children. A brief summary of developmental periods in Piaget's psychology is presented, and his solutions to the problems of mathematical epistemology are outlined. The remaining chapters focus on Piaget's preoccupation with genetic epistemology, his contributions to education, and his work on children's language and cognitive development. The final chapter analyzes some of the objections that have been raised or may be raised to Piaget's work. This monograph will be a useful resource for psychology students.

Table of Contents


List of Symbols Used

I Genetic Epistemology

Chapter 1. The Problems to be Solved

II Piaget's Developmental Psychology

Chapter 2. The Basic Concepts of Piaget's Psychology

Chapter 3. The Sensorimotor Phase and Pre-operational Thinking

The Sensorimotor Phase

The Pre-operational Phase

Chapter 4. Operational Thinking

Groups, Lattices and Groupings

Groupings of Classes and Relations in the Phase of Concrete Operations

The Language of Symbolic Logic

Logic and Psychology

The Limitations of the Concrete Operations Phase

The Phase of Formal Operations

Attainments of the Formal Operations Phase

Chapter 5. A Brief Summary of Developmental Periods in Piaget's Psychology

I Sensorimotor Phase

II Pre-operational Phase

III Phase of Concrete Operations

IV Phase of Formal Operations

III Epistemology and Psychology

Chapter 6. Piaget's Solutions to the Problems of Mathematical Epistemology

IV Perspective

Chapter 7. More about Genetic Epistemology

Chapter 8. Piaget's Contributions to Education

Chapter 9. Language and Cognitive Development

Chapter 10. Some Points of Criticism


Suggestions for Further Reading


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