85 Jean Piaget Quotes On Child Psychology And Development

Jean Piaget's quotes imply that understanding children helps shape them in a better way
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Jean Piaget was born on 9 August 1896.

Known for his work in child development, Piaget was a Swiss psychologist. He is famous for his theory, known as Piaget's theory of cognitive development

Wwe have collected Jean Piaget's quotes on education, cognitive development, learning, and much more. If you liked reading these Jean Piaget quotes, check out these Erik Erikson quotes or William James quotes too.

Here are 85 Jean Piaget quotes on child psychology and child cognitive development for you to read from the famed Swiss psychologist.

Famous Quotes By Jean Piaget

Are you ready to discover the best Jean Piaget quotes. This section includes some famous Jean Piaget quotes from the famous Swiss psychologist.

1. "Experience precedes understanding."

- Jean Piaget.

2. "Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

4. "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world."

- Jean Piaget.

5. "I could not think without writing."

- Jean Piaget.

6. "The universe is built up into an aggregate of permanent objects connected by causal relations that are independent of the subject and are placed in objective space and time."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

8. "Punishment renders autonomy of conscience impossible."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

10. "It is obvious that after more or less brief periods of submission, he will begin to feel the injustice of it all."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

12. "Nel, after throwing a stone onto a sloping bank watching the stone rolling said, 'Look at the stone. It's afraid of the grass.'"

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

14. "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.

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

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

Quotes From Jean Piaget On Education

Jean Piaget is a Swiss psychologist who emphasized how the effects of education on children are important to know.

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development offers a lot of Jean Piaget quotes about education, as education has an important role in children's growth. Check out these Jean Piaget quotes about education to learn more.

18. "Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialized linguistic structures."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

20. "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."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

22. "What is desired is that the teacher ceased being a lecturer, satisfied with transmitting ready-made solutions. His role should rather be that of a mentor stimulating initiative and research."

- Jean Piaget.

23. "Knowledge is not predetermined by heredity."

- Jean Piaget.

24. "For me, education means making creators..."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

27. "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.

28. "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."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

30. "Cooperation between equals not only brings about a gradual change in the child's practical attitude but that it also does away with the mystical feeling towards authority."

- Jean Piaget.

Jean Piaget Quotes On Learning

These Jean Piaget quotes about his theory show how learning works for children. What will you learn from these Jean Piaget quotes?

31. "We learn more when we are compelled to invent."

- Jean Piaget.

32. "Children require long, uninterrupted periods of play and exploration."

- Jean Piaget.

33. "The child is a realist in every domain of thought."

- Jean Piaget.

34. "Play is the answer to how anything new comes about."

- Jean Piaget.

35. "We shall simply say then that every action involves an energetic or affective aspect and a structural or cognitive aspect, which, in fact, unites the different points of view already mentioned."

- Jean Piaget.

36. "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."

- Jean Piaget.

37. "What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see."

- Jean Piaget.

38. "One of the most striking things one finds about the child under 7-8 is his extreme assurance on all subjects."

- Jean Piaget.

39. "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."

- Jean Piaget.

40. "The most developed science remains a continual becoming."

- Jean Piaget.

41. "Teaching means creating situations where structures can be discovered."

- Jean Piaget.

42. "The essential functions of the mind consist in understanding and in inventing."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

45. "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."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

Jean Piaget Psychology Quotes

Jean Piaget quotes explain how the mind of children works for shaping them better.

Looking for more Jean Piaget quotes? This section is full of Jean Piaget quotes on developmental theory and cognitive development from the famous psychologist.

47. "For some writers, mental phenomena become intelligible only when related to the organism."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

49. "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."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

52. "To perceive is to construct intellectually."

- Jean Piaget.

53. "From the moment an organism takes account of a previous experience and adapts to a new situation, that very much resembles psychology."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

55. "Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond to reality."

- Jean Piaget.

56. "The level of formal operations marks a final differentiation between operations tied to real action and hypothetico-deductive operations concerning pure implications from propositions stated as postulates."

- Jean Piaget.

57. "Every psychological explanation comes sooner or later to lean either on biology or on logic..."

- Jean Piaget.

58. "To understand is to invent."

- Jean Piaget.

59. "Every observer has noted that the younger the child, the less sense he has of his own ego."

- Jean Piaget.

60. "In genetic epistemology, as in developmental psychology, too, there is never an absolute beginning."

- Jean Piaget.

61. "Equilibrium is the profoundest tendency of all human activity."

- Jean Piaget.

62. "There exist in the child certain attitudes and beliefs which intellectual development will more and more tend to eliminate."

- Jean Piaget.

63. "Memory is dependent upon the activity, and a real activity presupposes interest."

- Jean Piaget.

64. "I am convinced that there is no sort of boundary between the living and the mental or between the biological and the psychological."

- Jean Piaget.

65. "Indeed, if objects are innumerable and science indefinitely diverse, all knowledge of the subject brings us back to psychology, the science of the subject and the subject's actions."

- Jean Piaget.

66. "Children's games constitute the most admirable social institutions."

- Jean Piaget.

67. "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.

68. "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.

69. "Genetically speaking, the explanation both of rites and of symbols would seem to lie in the conditions of preverbal motor intelligence."

- Jean Piaget.

The Best Jean Piaget Quotes

Are you enjoying this list of Jean Piaget quotes? Here are some of the best Jean Piaget quotes from the Swiss child psychologist on cognitive development and more. Which of these Jean Piaget quotes is your favorite?

70. "Play is the work of childhood."

- Jean Piaget.

71. "If children fail to understand one another, it is because they think they understand one another."

- Jean Piaget.

72. "The relations between parents and children are certainly not only those of constraint."

- Jean Piaget.

73. "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.

74. "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.

75. "Play is the answer to the question, 'How does anything new come about?'"

- Jean Piaget.

76. "So we must start from this dual nature of intelligence as something both biological and logical."

- Jean Piaget.

77. "Everyone knows that at the age of 11-12, children have a marked impulse to form themselves into groups."

- Jean Piaget.

78. "If you follow the child... you can find out something new."

- Jean Piaget.

79. "To avoid the difficulties of teleological language, adaptation must be described as an equilibrium between the action of the organism on the environment and vice versa."

- Jean Piaget.

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

- Jean Piaget.

81. "Before games are played in common, no rules in the proper sense can come into existence."

- Jean Piaget.

82. "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.

83. "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.

84. "Formal logic, or logistics, is simply the axiomatics of states of equilibrium of thought, and the positive science corresponding to this axiomatics is none other than the psychology of thought."

- Jean Piaget.

85. "It is when the child is accustomed to act from the point of view of those around him when he tries to please rather than to obey."

- Jean Piaget.

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