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ERIC Number: ED179486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Piaget's Research for the Inquiry Process of Learning.
Evaluations of the relationship of curriculum programs to Jean Piaget's developmental psychology theory are reviewed. These programs include Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS), Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), Family of Man (FOM), and Social Encounter and Research Curriculum for Humanization (SEARCH). Piagetian based research results are also included. Results of the SCIS study indicate that the curriculum is superior for developing the processes of scientific investigation, and that SCIS students are more diverse, creative, and show greater gains in reading, mathematics, and social studies than control groups. MACOS results show that students retain a significant amount of information, boy/girl differences associated with achievement disappear, group participation and interaction increase, and positive change in teaching style occurs. FOM results indicate a strong relationship between concrete, manipulative materials for children, and increased pupil achievement. Research examining the relationship between social studies instruction and Piagetian theory found that elementary social studies programs should focus on the cognitive stages of concrete operations, materials should be concrete objects, that a discovery approach is best, and that group discussions improve thinking. The author states that the SEARCH project may be the innovative curricular program that applies Piagetian thought to social studies. Also, social studies education would benefit from Piagetian based research by development of curriculum, Piagetian-based methods texts for preservice and inservice teacher education, and a concentrated effort to relate Piaget's psychology to learning. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Stages, Discovery Processes, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Theories, Program Evaluation, Projects, Social Studies, Student Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green.
Identifiers: Family of Man; Man A Course of Study; Piaget (Jean); Project SEARCH; Science Curriculum Improvement Study
Note: Not available in paper copy from EDRS due to fading ink throughout original; Paper presented at Annual Convention of National Council for the Social Studies (Portland, OR, November 21, 1979)