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Jean Piaget, Swiss Psychologist ( August 9, 1896 - September 16, 1980 )

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The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.~Jean Piaget

Education Knowledge Men

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.~Jean Piaget

Education Women Men

The child often sees only what he already knows. He projects the whole of his verbal thought into things. He sees mountains as built by men, rivers as dug out with spades, the sun and moon as following us on our walks.~Jean Piaget

Sun Mountains Moon

It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.~Jean Piaget

Education Children Best

Play is the work of childhood.~Jean Piaget

Work Childhood Play

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.~Jean Piaget

Mathematics Nothing Logic

To express the same idea in still another way, I think that human knowledge is essentially active.~Jean Piaget

Knowledge Think Human

The self thus becomes aware of itself, at least in its practical action, and discovers itself as a cause among other causes and as an object subject to the same laws as other objects.~Jean Piaget

Self Action Same

Play is the answer to the question, 'How does anything new come about?'~Jean Piaget

Play Question New

I always like to think on a problem before reading about it.~Jean Piaget

Reading Problem Think

During the earliest stages the child perceives things like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject and is familiar only with his own actions.~Jean Piaget

Child Own Like

Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do: when neither innateness nor learning has prepared you for the particular situation.~Jean Piaget

Learning Intelligence You

From the moral as from the intellectual point of view, the child is born neither good nor bad but master of his destiny.~Jean Piaget

Good Child Destiny

Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond, more or less adequately, to reality.~Jean Piaget

Reality Knowing More

Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process.~Jean Piaget

Process Thought Scientific

This means that no single logic is strong enough to support the total construction of human knowledge.~Jean Piaget

Knowledge Strong Support

The more the schemata are differentiated, the smaller the gap between the new and the familiar becomes, so that novelty, instead of constituting an annoyance avoided by the subject, becomes a problem and invites searching.~Jean Piaget

Problem New Searching

Egocentrism appears to us as a form of behavior intermediate between purely individual and socialized behavior.~Jean Piaget

Behavior Individual Us

During the first few months of an infant's life, its manner of taking the breast, of laying its head on the pillow, etc., becomes crystallized into imperative habits. This is why education must begin in the cradle.~Jean Piaget

Life Education Habits

To accustom the infant to get out of its own difficulties or to calm it by rocking it may be to lay the foundations of a good or of a bad disposition.~Jean Piaget

Good May Calm

I have always detested any departure from reality, an attitude which I relate to my mother's poor mental health.~Jean Piaget

Mother Attitude Health

Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next.~Jean Piaget

Knowledge Day Evolution

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.~Jean Piaget

Knowledge History Past

Logical positivists have never taken psychology into account in their epistemology, but they affirm that logical beings and mathematical beings are nothing but linguistic structures.~Jean Piaget

Nothing Psychology Never

Our problem, from the point of view of psychology and from the point of view of genetic epistemology, is to explain how the transition is made from a lower level of knowledge to a level that is judged to be higher.~Jean Piaget

Knowledge Transition View

The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense.~Jean Piaget

Simple Double Sense