63 Famous All The Time Quotes By Jean Piaget

1. Play is the work of childhood.

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2. 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.

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3. Play is the answer to the question, ‘How does anything new come about?’

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4. Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.

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5. Children’s games constitute the most admirable social institutions. The game of marbles, for instance, as played by boys, contains an extremely complex system of rules – that is to say, a code of laws, a jurisprudence of its own.

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6. Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new accommodations.

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7. Childish egocentrism is, in its essence, an inability to differentiate between the ego and the social environment.

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

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

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10. When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.

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11. The practice of narrative and argument does not lead to invention, but it compels a certain coherence of thought.

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12. 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.

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13. With regard to moral rules, the child submits more or less completely in intention to the rules laid down for him, but these, remaining, as it were, external to the subject’s conscience, do not really transform his conduct.

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14. The most developed science remains a continual becoming.

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

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16. I engage my subjects in conversation, patterned after psychiatric questioning, with the aim of discovering something about the reasoning underlying their right but especially their wrong answers.

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17. 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.

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18. Logical activity is not the whole of intelligence. One can be intelligent without being particularly logical.

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

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20. I always like to think on a problem before reading about it.

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21. I have always detested any departure from reality, an attitude which I relate to my mother’s poor mental health.

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22. 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.

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23. 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.

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24. The main functions of intelligence, that of inventing solutions and that of verifying them, do not necessarily involve one another. The first partakes of imagination; the second alone is properly logical.

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25. In other words, knowledge of the external world begins with an immediate utilisation of things, whereas knowledge of self is stopped by this purely practical and utilitarian contact.

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26. On the one hand, there are individual actions such as throwing, pushing, touching, rubbing. It is these individual actions that give rise most of the time to abstraction from objects.

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27. Everyone knows that at the age of 11-12, children have a marked impulse to form themselves into groups and that the respect paid to the rules and regulations of their play constitutes an important feature of this social life. Jean Piaget

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28. Logical reasoning is an argument which we have with ourselves and which reproduces internally the features of a real argument.

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29. Experience precedes understanding.”

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30. Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do.

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31. Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new accommodations.

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32. Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new accommodations.

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33. Punishment renders autonomy of conscience impossible.

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34. The child perceives things like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject and is familiar only with his own actions.

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35. Nel, after throwing a stone onto a sloping bank watching the stone rolling said, ‘Look at the stone. It’s afraid of the grass.’

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36. While a certain agreement may be reached in the course of one game, ideas about the rules, in general, are still rather vague.

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37. 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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38. Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process.

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39. Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process.

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40. Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual actions but on coordinated actions.

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41. The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover.

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42. Only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent or gradual.

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43. Knowledge is not predetermined by heredity.

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44. Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves.

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45. 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.

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46. Each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered himself, that child is kept from inventing it and consequently from understanding it completely.

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

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48. We learn more when we are compelled to invent.

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49. Children require long, uninterrupted periods of play and exploration.

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50. The child is a realist in every domain of thought.

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51. Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.

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52. What the genetic epistemology proposes is discovering the roots of the different varieties of knowledge, since its elementary forms, following to the next levels, including also the scientific knowledge.

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53. What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see.

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54. Teaching means creating situations where structures can be discovered.

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55. The spirit of the command having failed to be assimilated, the letter alone remains.

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56. When the child imitates the rules practiced by his older companions, he feels that he is submitting to an unalterable law.

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57. True interest appears when the self identifies itself with ideas or objects when it finds in them a means of expression and they become a necessary form of fuel for its activity.

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58. Before playing with his equals, the child is influenced by his parents.

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59. Intelligence, the most plastic and at the same time the most durable structural equilibrium of behavior, is essentially a system of living and acting operations.

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60. Childish egocentrism is, in its essence, an inability to differentiate between the ego and the social environment.

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61. To perceive is to construct intellectually.

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62. If mutual respect does derive from unilateral respect, it does so by the opposition.

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63. Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond to reality.

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