Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Piaget, Constructivism, and Theories of Cognitive Development by Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D.

This is a great video on educational psychology and children learning.

The research and writings of Jean Piaget (1896-1980), the Swiss psychologist, have had an enormous impact on the field of cognitive development. Piaget’s observations and theories have helped us better understand the way children think and learn. Piaget’s theories can be divided into two parts: his description of a set of discreet stages through which children proceed, and his explanation of a set of processes that help move a child from one stage to the next. A basic understanding of Piaget’s theories can help the software designer create more developmentally appropriate software. Note that students of educational psychology have successful refuted some of Piagetian theory. However, the big ideas are valuable and commonly used in the design of educational activities.

From: Child Development 101 for the Developers of Interactive Media
First edition, 1996. Revised January 6, 2006 by Ellen Wolock, Ed.D, Ann Orr, Ed.D. and Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D.
© 2006 Active Learning Associates. All rights reserved.

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