Swiss psychologist and epistemologist known for his pioneering work in child development. Piaget’s theory of features of development of cognitive sphere of children 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. Piaget was born in 1896 in Neuchâtel, in the Francophone region of Switzerland.
He developed an interest in epistemology due to his godfather’s urgings to study the fields of philosophy and logic. He was educated at the University of Neuchâtel, and studied briefly at the University of Zürich. From 1925 to 1929, Piaget worked as a professor of psychology, sociology, and the philosophy of science at the University of Neuchatel. In 1979 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for Social and Political Sciences. This was as per his request. The resulting theoretical frameworks are sufficiently different from each other that they have been characterized as representing different “Piagets.
More recently, Jeremy Burman responded to Beilin and called for the addition of a phase before his turn to psychology: “the zeroeth Piaget. Before Piaget became a psychologist, he trained in natural history and philosophy. He received a doctorate in 1918 from the University of Neuchatel. Piaget first developed as a psychologist in the 1920s. He investigated the hidden side of children’s minds.