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The Timeless Theories of Piaget,
This review is from: Piaget's Theory of Intellectual Development (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
This is a great little book that thoughtfully presents the many sides of Jean Piaget: child psychologist, genetic epistemologist, and loving father carefully observing his three children as they grow from birth through adolescence.
Piaget's observations of infants and toddlers are delightful to read. His careful observation and firm scientific approach beautifully capture the magic and mystery of how children learn.
My own particular interest is in how people learn and how they retain information. Over the years, I have discovered that many of Piaget's theories and techniques of education are equally applicable to adult learners. My college students have always learned better when their learning experiences allowed them to handle materials, use their five senses, and think for themselves.
Piaget seems timeless. His life spanned nearly a century and in that lifetime he saw many things. One of my favorite Piaget quotes from this book is the following:
"The great danger today is of slogans, collective opinions, ready-made trends of thoughts. We have to be able to resist individually, to criticize, to distinguish between what is proven and what is not. So we need pupils who are active, who learn early to find out by themselves, partly by their own spontaneous activity and partly through material we set up for them, who learn early to tell what is verifiable and what is simply the first idea to come to them."