Piaget Primer: How a Child Thinks

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Jean Piaget is arguably the most important figure of our century in the field of child psychology. In 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 so doing 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, ...
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Overview

Jean Piaget is arguably the most important figure of our century in the field of child psychology. In 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 so doing 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 such recent media manifestations as 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.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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.
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Reviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: 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.
Purpose: 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.
Audience: 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.
Features: 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.
Assessment: 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 of Piaget 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452259676
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/3/1978
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Revised Edition
1 Jean Piaget and His Theory 1
2 The Stages of a Child's Development 12
3 How Intelligence Develops 27
4 Playing and Imitating 41
5 How Language Develops 57
6 Discovering Space, Time, and Numbers 73
7 Learning About Right and Wrong 96
8 Beyond Piaget: Using His Theory for Teaching, Learning, and Parenting 108
Glossary 127
References 131
Index 140
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