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The Origins of Intellect: Piaget's Theory


reviewed by Barry Wadsworth 1970

coverTitle: The Origins of Intellect: Piaget's Theory
Author(s): John L. Phillips, Jr.
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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At the present time Jean Piaget runs the risk of becoming in vogue in the United States. Books relating to his theory have been attracting attention for a number of years. A new work in the arena that is both readable and unique in certain respects is Phillips' The Origins of Intellect. The book is primarily an introduction to Piaget's theory of cognitive development. Secondly, it tries to "bridge the gap" be­tween S-R theory and Piaget's conceptualizations. Thirdly, the book tries to relate Piaget's work to educational practice. The presentation is organized into five chapters, each being pre­ceded by an outline. Chapter 1, the introduction, presents a brief biographical sketch of Piaget, and discusses his research methods and his central concepts: assimilation, accommodation, schemata, and equi­librium. Chapters 2-4 describe the periods of cognitive development in Piaget's system, and representative cognitive behaviors in each. Chapter 5, "Educational Implications: An Epilogue," presents Phil-lips' interpretation of the implications of Piaget's theory for educa­tion. The book concludes with a relatively complete bibliography... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 3, 1970, p. 524-526
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1814, Date Accessed: 10/24/2014 2:03:02 PM

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