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ERIC Number: ED019245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 1
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THE CHILD'S CONCEPTION OF THE WORLD.
PIAGET, JEAN
THIS STUDY SEEKS TO DISCOVER WHAT CONCEPTIONS OF THE WORLD THE CHILD NATURALLY FORMS AT THE DIFFERENT STAGES OF HIS DEVELOPMENT. TWO DISTINCT STANDPOINTS ARE IDENTIFIED--(1) MODALITY OF CHILD THOUGHT, OR SCHEME OF REALITY, AND (2) THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EXPLANATIONS GIVEN BY THE CHILD. SCHEME OF REALITY REFERS TO THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE CHILD DISTINGUISHES THE REAL WORLD FROM AN INTERNAL SUBJECTIVE WORLD, AND ESTABLISHES LIMITS BETWEEN THE SELF AND THE OBJECTIVE REALITY. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EXPLANATIONS GIVEN BY THE CHILD IS FOUND IN THE DEPTH AND NATURE OF HIS CONCEPTION OF CAUSE AND LAW, AND THE USE HE MAKES OF THIS CONCEPTION. THUS, THE DUAL QUESTIONS OF WHAT REALITY AND CAUSALITY MEAN TO THE CHILD ARE THE SUBJECT OF INVESTIGATION. CLINICAL EXAMINATIONS WERE USED TO OBTAIN DATA, AND FIVE TYPES OF REACTIONS WERE REVEALED--(1) ANSWER AT RANDOM, (2) ROMANCING, (3) SUGGESTED CONVICTION, (4) LIBERATED CONVICTION, AND (5) SPONTANEOUS CONVICTION. RESPONSES OF CHILDREN TO QUESTIONS ARE ANALYZED, AND CATEGORIZED ACCORDING TO VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT. SUCH ANALYSIS REVEALS CONSISTENT PATTERNS THAT ALLOWS GENERALIZATIONS TO BE MADE AS TO THE NATURE OF THE CHILD'S CONCEPT OF REALITY AND CAUSALITY AT VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT, AND AT VARIOUS AGE LEVELS. THE BOOK IS SUBJECT INDEXED. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR $1.95 FROM LITTLEFIELD, ADAMS AND COMPANY, 81 ADAMS DRIVE, TOTOWA, NEW JERSEY 07512, (DH)
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