The Origins of Intellect

Piaget's Theory

Phillips, John L.

Henry Holt and Co.

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The works published by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget and his associates during the past forty years constitute the largest repository of knowledge about the cognitive development of children that is available anywhere, and Piaget's general theory of intellectual development rivals, in scope and comprehensiveness, Freud's theory of personality development
 
Here is a self-contained general summary of Piaget's theory, written at a relatively nontechnical level.  It is suitable for use in a variety of courses in psychology and education -- child psychology, child development, educational psychology, learning, psychological systems, general psychology, and others.  It will also interest professionals and educated laymen as a timely exposition of ideas that are attracting the attention of increasing numbers of American psychologists.
 
In order to convey the complexities of the theory to readers who have had no previous contact with it, the author uses a number of unusual pedagogical devices.  He first outlines the theory in an introduction that students can reread with increasing comprehension as they study the text.  The main part of the book is an elucidation of the Piagetian periods of intellectual development, with enough illustrations of Piaget's research activities to give the theory meaning.  The author frequently reproduces passages from Piaget's clinical observations with Piaget's interpretations deleted, so that the reader can assess his own understanding and better appreciate Piaget's style of inquiry.  In an epilogue, the author discusses the educational implications of Piaget's work.

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The Origins of Intellect
1IntroductionDespite the clear implication of its title, this chapter is not the beginning of the book. It begins on see here in the Preface to the First Edition.It is true that a preface always contains some information that is of no interest to most readers, but the Preface is more important in this book than in most. It explains the structure of the book, and that structure is essential to efficient study of the main body of the text.PIAGET AND HIS METHODSJean Piagetb is a Swiss psychologist who was trained in zoology and whose major interests are essentially philosophical.

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Phillips, John L.

John L. Phillips, Jr., is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Boise State College.  He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Reed College and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Utah.  Professor Phillips is past President of the Idaho Psychological Association and current Chairman of the Idaho State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

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The Origins of Intellect
Piaget's Theory
Phillips, John L.

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Henry Holt and Co.
January 1975
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ISBN: 9781466813755
ISBN10: 146681375X
205 pages
$7.99
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