Teaching to a Student's Strengths

Bio Cognitive Learning by Jean Piaget

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Jean Piaget ( August 1896 – September 1980) was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epidemiological studies with children. His theory of cognitive development and epidemiological view are together called genetic epistemology.".

Piaget placed great importance on the education of children. As the Director of the International Bureau of Education, he declared in 1934 that "only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent, or gradual."

Jean Piaget was "the great pioneer of the constructionist theory of knowing. However, his ideas did not become widely popularized until the 1960's. This then led to the emergence of the study of development as a major sub-discipline in psychology.

In this stage, Piaget believed that the process of thinking and the intellectual development could be regarded as an extension of the biological process of the evolutionary adaption of the species, which has also two on-going processes: assimilation and accommodation. There is assimilation when a child responds to a new event in a way that is consistent with an existing schema There is accommodation when a child either modifies an existing schema or forms an entirely new schema to deal with a new object or event.

He argued infants were engaging in an act of assimilation when they sucked on everything in their reach. He claimed infants transform all objects into an object to be sucked. The children were assimilating the objects to conform to their own mental structures. Piaget then made the assumption that whenever one transforms the world to meet individual needs or conceptions, one is, in a way, assimilating it. Piaget also observed his children not only assimilating objects to fit their needs, but also modifying some of their mental structures to meet the demands of the environment. This is the second division of adaptation known as accommodation. To start out, the infants only engaged in primarily reflex actions such as sucking, but not long after, they would pick up objects and put them in their mouths. When they do this, they modify their reflex response to accommodate the external objects into reflex actions. Because the two are often in conflict, they provide the impetus for intellectual development. The constant need to balance the two triggers intellectual growth.

In my opinion and as an educator, the education system of today needs to look at theories that would push a child to his or her greatest strengths, and not just give in to the fact that standardized tests have become the norm of the system today..


Scott M.

Patient and Experienced Tutor Qualified in Over 20 Subjects

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