Swiss psychologist and epistemologist known for development of the child’s mind pioneering work in child development. Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and epistemological 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. His theory of child development is studied in pre-service education programs. Piaget created the International Center for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva in 1955 while on the faculty of the University of Geneva and directed the Center until his death in 1980. According to Ernst von Glasersfeld, Jean Piaget was “the great pioneer of the constructivist theory of knowing. However, his ideas did not become widely popularized until the 1960s.