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A Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks; Revised Edition
     

A Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks; Revised Edition

by Dorothy G. Singer, Tracey A. Revenson
 

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Offers a fascinating and understandable account of childhood development for anyone—education and psychology students, day care center workers and nursery school teachers, and parents.

Jean Piaget is arguably the most important figure of the twentieth century in the field of child psychology. Over more than six decades of studying and working with

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Offers a fascinating and understandable account of childhood development for anyone—education and psychology students, day care center workers and nursery school teachers, and parents.

Jean Piaget is arguably the most important figure of the twentieth century in the field of child psychology. Over more than six decades of studying and working with children, he brilliantly and insightfully charted the stages of a child's intellectual maturation from the first years to adulthood, and in doing so pioneered a new mode of understanding the changing ways in which a child comes to grasp the world.

The purpose of A Piaget Primer is to make Piaget's vital work readily accessible to teachers, therapists, students, and of course, parents. Two noted American psychologists distill Piaget's complex findings into wonderfully clear formulations without sacrificing either subtlety or significance. To accomplish this, they employ not only lucid language but such fascinating illuminations of a child's world and vision as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as media manifestations like Barney and Sesame Street. This completely revised edition of this classic work is as enjoyable as it is invaluable—an essential guide to comprehending and communicating with children better than we ever have before.

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“An accessible guide to Piaget's thinking on playing and imitating; language development; discovering space, time and numbers; and learning about right and wrong.”—Jon Anderson, Chicago Tribune
3 Stars from Doody
Geri R. Donenberg
The second edition offers an easy-to-understand summary of Piaget's theory. The authors use examples from comics, cartoons, and children's literature (e.g., Winnie-the-Pooh) to concretize terms and concepts and illustrate the relevance of Piaget's theory in children's everyday lives. Chapters focus on different aspects of Piaget's theory including: the development of language; morality; play; logic; intelligence; and concepts of space, time, and numbers. The authors' goal is to clarify Piaget's theory by making the concepts more "user friendly" and inspire readers to delve more deeply into Piaget's work. The revised edition is designed to reflect the more complex and technology-laden world in which children live today. The authors' objectives are worthy, and this primer accomplishes its goals. This book is written for beginning students in developmental psychology and education, but parents, teachers, and child-care workers will also find it useful. It is designed as an adjunct to primary source readings in Piaget or a major text in developmental psychology. The authors have published widely in child psychology and are experts in the area. Delightful cartoons, comic strips, and excerpts from children's literature are used very effectively to illustrate points made in the text. There is a glossary of key Piagetian terms for easy reference and a list of related readings. The references mainly cite Piaget's original work. A combined author and subject index is included. This easy-to-read primer provides a useful summary of Piaget's theory and concepts, making reading and understanding this complicated work engaging and enjoyable. Those interested in a deeper understanding ofPiaget will need to use other sources, as there is little critical evaluation of the theory. The book's main strengths are its clarity of presentation, use of illustrations, and appeal to a wide audience.
Booknews
Reprint of a 1996 revision (published by Plume) of a work first published in 1978. Two psychologists discuss the basics of Jean Piaget's ground breaking work on child development. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452275652
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Edition description:
VAR
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
705,431
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

DOROTHY SINGER is a retired senior research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, as well as co-director, with Jerome L. Singer, of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center, affiliated with the Zigler Center for Child Development and Public Policy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her research and publications are in the area of early childhood development, television effects on youth, and parent training in imaginative play. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College at Columbia University and the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Trained as one of the first generation of health psychologists, TRACEY REVENSON brings a social-ecological perspective to the study of how stress and coping processes affect psychological adjustment to chronic physical illness, and how these processes are influenced by the social context. She is the co-author or co-editor of nine volumes, including Couples Coping with Stress and the Handbook of Health Psychology, now in its second edition. She is an associate editor of the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine and is on the editorial board of the journal Health Psychology. She was the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Women’s Health: Gender, Behavior and Policy. Dr. Revenson is a past-president of the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association and in 2013 was awarded the Nathan Perry Career Service Award in Health Psychology for her contributions to the advancement of health psychology as a field, nationally and internationally.

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