Jean Piaget was born in Neuchatel, Switzerland on August 9, 1896. Piaget was the oldest child of Arthur Piaget, who was a professor of medieval literature at the University of Neuchatel, and of Rebecca Jackson. Much of Piaget’s childhood was influenced by his father. At age 11, Piaget’s notes on the albino sparrow were published to various magazines and newspapers. Since Piaget was young, he was forced to keep his age a secret. At the time, many editors felt that young authors had very little credibility.
As Piaget grew older, his interests increased expeditiously. He was interested in mechanics, birds, and fossils. Most of all, Piaget was fascinated in mollusks. Since most readers didn’t know his age, he was considered an expert by many. At age 15, he was offered by a natural history museum in Geneva, Switzerland. Piaget decline to continue his education. He attended Neuchatel University and received his Ph.D. in natural sciences by 1918. The same year, Piaget spent a semester studying psychology under Carl Jung and Paul Eugen Bleuler at the University of Zurich. There he developed a deeper interest in psychoanalysis. Over the course of next year, Piaget studied abnormal psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris.
In 1920, Piaget work in collaboration with Theodore Simon at the Alfred Binet Laboratory in Paris. Piaget and Simon created tests that were meant to measure child intelligence. These test were meant to draw connections between a child’s age and th...
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...opment a “genetic epistemology”. Genetic epistemology is the study of the origins of thinking.
Piaget eventually received many honors and awards from Oxford and Harvard universities. These awards included the prestigious Erasmus and Balzan. He was the author of more than 50 book and hundreds of papers. He was wanted by universities to teach his study on childhood development and learning. He preferred to avoid the spotlight. His strict lifestyle allowed him to develop his studies. Piaget died of unknown causes on September 17, 1980 in Geneva, Switzerland at age 84. Many fellow psychologists hailed him as the country’s most creative scientific thinker. One of Jean Piaget’s most famous quotes is "The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly."
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