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What Does Piaget's Theory Describe?


by Kieran Egan 1982

Jean Piaget's belief that children's developmental levels largely determine what they can learn is challenged. Research concerning the existence of cognitive structures in children is critiqued, and problems with administering Piagetian tasks are pointed out. Educators should not restrict children's exposure to learning because, according to Piagetian criteria, they are not ready. (Source: ERIC)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 2, 1982, p. 453-476
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 835, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:54:28 PM

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  • Kieran Egan
    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada
    KIERAN EGAN is a professor of education at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. His recent books include Educational Development (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979) and The Erosion of Education, co-authored with David Nyberg (New York: Teachers College Press, 1981). His Education and Psychology: Plato, Piaget and Scientific Psychology is soon to be published by Teachers College Press.
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