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Developments Of Jean Piaget: Contributions To Modern Psychology

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Contributions to Modern Psychology “It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.” This is a famous quote by Jean Piaget. There were many influential researchers and psychologist who shaped the way people see psychology today. Developmental psychology is a big field, it describes the main milestones that make a person who they are. Historically it was very challenging to define every aspect of development, which led to controversy between psychologists. Jean Piaget is known as one of the leaders for cognitive theory and developmental psychology for all of his research and theories he contributed throughout his life. There was a lot of controversy before the contributions from Jean Piaget were made. Many people thought that children developed in many different styles into adulthood, some believed that development was gradual with stopping points, others believed there was constant development. Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist, believed that development happened in stages, and that some were more…show more content…
Their research was focused at making connections between a child's age and the nature of their errors. They were evaluating intelligence in children with the use of standardized testing. Working in this study sparked the curiosity in Piaget that changed modern day psychology. He was inspired to find out more about how children learned. For many years, people believed that children were just small adults, that they would learn in similar ways and be able to hold knowledge like an adult. It was not very common to think that children just didn’t know how to communicate their answers very well, but it turns out that children are very different from adults. Piaget dedicated his time and efforts into figuring out how the development of children into adults was set
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