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Theories of Learning Problems in Young Children.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Presented are five papers on the application of the cognitive theories of Jean Piaget to learning problems in young children. The first paper, by Remy Droz, looks at current interactions between psychology and teaching, and relates Piaget's theories to the general scientific trend of the century. Discussed are the four developmental stages suggested by Piaget's theory of intellectual development. The second paper, also by Droz, considers requirements for educational programs based on Piaget's theories such as relating program content to the child's developmental stage. A sample unit on the city is used to illustrate a Piagetian based program. Beth Stephens examines the diagnosis of reasoning in the mentally retarded and suggests that the retarded follow the same stages of cognitive thinking as normal children but become fixed at a level of reasoning which is only transitory for normal children. Research supporting Piaget's theories are reviewed. In the fourth paper David Elkind applies Piaget's theory of perception to reading and reading disability and concludes that two perceptual activities, perceptual schematization and reorganization, are essential components of the reading process. The final paper, by Celia Lavatelli, discusses implications of Piagetian theory for early childhood curriculum and recommends an operationally based curriculum and teacher-student dialogue for logical classification and concept building (DB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Curriculum Development, Exceptional Child Education, Learning Disabilities, Maturation, Mental Retardation, Theories
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Texas Education Agency, Capitol Station, 2101 East Eleventh Street, Austin, Texas 78711
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Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.