ERIC Number: ED200585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Thinking About Children's Thinking.
An examination of the views of Piaget on child development and a review of criticisms of his theories illustrate the general problem of applying psychological theories to educational practice. It is concluded that educators are largely ignorant of what children know and their ways of coming to know, especially as these operate in real time conditions such as classrooms. It is argued that it is of prime importance to understand teachers' thinking about how children think, since this influences the teachers' behavior and expectations. The difficulty of conducting research in this complex and subjective area is pointed out. Two studies that attempted to analyze the way teachers think about students are described. The first obtained teachers' views of childrens' difficulties with tasks in a mathematics scheme and explored teachers' thinking on what to do about these difficulties. The second explored how teachers match tasks to children so as to maximize their learning progress. The implications of the results of these studies are discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Piagetian Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Piagetian Theory and the Helping Professions (11th, Los Angeles, CA, January, 1981).