ERIC Number: ED206141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Model for the Education of Children Evaluated Mentally Retarded.
Jean Piaget's theories of development are reviewed and implications for instruction of mildly and moderately retarded children are drawn. Piagetian research with the retarded is traced, particularly the work of Barbel Inhelder. The research cited concludes that the cognitive development of retarded children follows the same pattern as normal children but at a slower rate. The psychometric view of intelligence is compared to the Piagetian view, and the benefits of assessment based on the Piagetian perspective are noted. A developmental approach to curriculum is advocated in which children's learning strategies are determined by their stage of cognitive development. Examples of strategies for sensory-motor, preoperational, concrete operations, and formal operations stages are given. Stage appropriate stimulation is the basis of continued cognitive development. The author comments on a demonstration project to design a cognitive intervention program based on Piaget's theories. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Piaget (Jean)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Presidential Lecture Series (1st, Westfield, MA, April 13, 1980).