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Jean Piaget
"Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond, more or less adequately, to reality."
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Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was born on August 9, 1896 in Switzerland. Piaget had initially found an interest in the natural world and biology. However, it was his move to Paris, France, and his work in a school led by Alfred Binet that led him to begin his theories. While marking Binet's intelligence tests on children, Piaget became interested in the errors that young students consistenly made on certain questions. This curiosity led to Piaget's theory in cognitive development stages of children.


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Piaget is considered one of the main father's of constructivism as his ideas about experiential learning resonate with the greater community. In particular, notions about accommodation and assimilation are essential. It is explained well through the use of a pendulum analogy (near the bottom of the page) or if you can just watch this explanation:




Essentially, when information comes to the child he/she needs to decide how it fits into their existing schema of the world. He/she will try to assimilate it into their existing world, but if it doesn't work they will have to accomodate the new idea by creating a new "area" for this idea.

References:

Jean Piaget Quotes - http://thinkexist.com/quotes/jean_piaget/