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Re: [xmca] Reading Piaget again...
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Thank you, Jon. I didn't mention Piaget's references to parent-child
interaction in "the Moral Judgment" since the entire book is about the
role of adult-child relationship and its relevance to moral development.
On Wed, February 13, 2013 6:49 pm, Jonathan Tudge wrote:
> Artin and Huw,
> I have students read the following as part of my Piaget offerings in a
> theories class:
> Piaget, J. (1973). *The child and reality: Problems of genetic
> New York: Grossman. Chapter 1: ?Time and the intellectual development of
> the child? (original work published in 1962).
> It's quite clear in this chapter that Piaget was more than willing to
> acknowledge the influence of both social class and culture, not in
> the order through which children would pass through stages of development
> but in speeding up or slowing down the age at which they'd be likely to
> show evidence of being in one or other stage.
> He wrote "stages are precisely characterized by their set order of
> succession. They are not stages which can be given a constant
> date. On the contrary, the ages can vary from one society to another..."
> (p. 10). (As this chapter was initially presented as a lecture he
> somewhere or other, tongue-in-cheek no doubt, mentions that the children
> his listeners undoubtedly go through the stages faster.) Towards the end
> of the chapter he wrote as follows:
> "Moreover, we will find collective accelerations in certain social classes
> and in certain milieux" (pp. 25-26), and went on to discuss differences in
> children's responses in Geneva, Montreal, Martinique (a delay of
> approximately four years), Tehran (similar to Geneva), and rural Iran (a
> delay of approximately 2.5 years).
> We can, of course, argue about the manner in which non-schooled children
> were tested (as Mike and others have done very effectively), but it's
> really hard to say that Piaget held that culture or class were irrelevant
> to children's cognitive development.
> In the book that Artin mentioned you can also find lots of evidence of the
> ways in which parents and children influence children's social and moral
> development--yet still we're confronted with the image of Piaget's child
> being the little scientist working alone on the mysteries of the world.
> All the best,
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> On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM, Huw Lloyd
>> On 13 February 2013 21:19, Goncu, Artin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> > In re-reading Piaget for a class I teach, I saw the following
>> > "The Moral Judgement of the Child" that I had underlined many years
>> > noticed them again, and felt that he may not have been given
>> > credit for his observations about the role of culture and class in his
>> > discussions. On p. 209-10 referring to the findings he has just
>> > he says "To begin with, they relate only to the children belonging to
>> > certain ethnical (sic) group and a certain social stratum (the poorer
>> > parts of Geneva and a few children from an elementary school at
>> > Neuchatel.) I wish he had theorized about the role of culture and
>> > going beyond these observations but that is another story...
>> My reading recollection is that he is forever hedging his bets and
>> encumbered by an audience expecting a "rational" account of genetic
>> phenomena. On one occasion I was hunting about for some Piagetian ideas
>> that, I was confident, were laid out with clarity only to discover that
>> was Vygotsky writing about Piaget.
>> No doubt there's much more to it -- the influence of idioms such as
>> sociologists and psychologists, translations etc.
>> > Artin Goncu, Ph.D
>> > Professor,
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