ERIC Number: ED103129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Search for a Distinctly Piagetian Contribution to Education. Theoretical Paper No. 50.
Hooper, Frank H.; De Frain, John D.
Attempts to apply Piagetian theory and research to educational settings are reviewed and evaluated. The fundamental assumptions of Piagetian theory are briefly summarized and the educational philosophy of Piaget is presented. Five representative early childhood education programs (as designed by Lavatelli, Weikart, Kamii, and DeVries, Furth and Wachs, and Bingham-Newman and Saunders) are described and related. Current criticisms of Piagetian theory and associated educational recommendations are reviewed and it is concluded that adopting a genuine Piagetian perspective conveys mixed blessings upon the aspirant educational innovator. The major valid principles which may be derived from the Piagetian system include: (1) an awareness of intellectual product/process distinctions, (2) a recognition of the crucial role of play activities, social interaction, and associated peer group processes, and (3) the essential stipulation of self-initiated active involvement as the primary determinant of intellectual development. The third principle provides the fundamental continuity between Piaget's views and the numerous open classroom and self-discovery learning approaches to educational innovation. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.