Jean Piaget Essay

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Jean Piaget Jean Piaget was born on August 9, 1896 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He was the oldest child of Arthur and Rebecca Piaget’s family. At the age of ten, Piaget published his first paper for Neuchâtel Latin high school. During his adolescent years his godfather, Samuel Cornut, guided him to having a curiosity in philosophy and epistemology. Piaget’s interest in psychology came from his mother. She had a neurotic temperament that made things difficult for the Piaget family. After high school graduation, he studied natural sciences at the University of Neuchâtel where he obtained a Doctorate in Science. In 1923 Piaget married Valentine Châtenay. The couple had three children, Jacqueline, Lucienne and Laurent. Piaget used his own children as his subjects to study intellectual development from infancy to language. Piaget specialized in developmental psychology and genetic epistemology. He published over sixty books and several hundred articles throughout his career. From 1925 until his death, he occupied multiple chairs in psychology, sociology, and the history of science at numerous Universities. He worked at Neuchâtel, Geneva, the International Bureau of Education, Lausanne, the Sorbonne, and finally the International Center for Genetic Epistemology. The main theory that Piaget introduced during his career was the Stages of Cognitive Development. Jean Piaget assembled the Stages of Cognitive Development after administering intelligence tests to children. His theory of cognitive development contains four different stages spread out across different ages. The first stage is called the Sensorimotor stage and the age range for this is from birth to nearly two years old. During this stage, babies experience the world through senses and actions. From around the age of two to about six or seven years old is the Preoperational stage. In this

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