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He administered Binet’s IQ test in Paris and observed that children’s answers were qualitatively different.
Piaget’s theory is based on the idea that the developing child builds cognitive structures (schemes used to understand and respond to physical environment).
He believed the child’s cognitive structure increased with development (Brainerd,1978).BACKGROUND
Learning should be whole, authentic, and "real": (constructivist approach)
Acceptance of individual differences in developmental progress
Curricula should include four factors:
allow for the differing rates of maturation of the children;
provide opportunities for the children to act on the physical environment;
provide interaction with one another;
Support & Implications Contd
Brainerd, C. (1978). Piaget’s theory of intelligence. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
Bybee, R. & Sund, R. (1982). Piaget for educators (2nd Ed.). Columbus, OH: Charles Merrill.
Cherry, K. Background and Key Concepts of Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development. About.com Guide. Retrieved on July 6, 2013 from
Piaget, J. (1952). Autobiography. In E. Boring (ed) history of psychology in autobiography (4). Worcester, MA: Clark University Press.References