Child Development and Education: A Piagetian Perspective by David Elkind

By David Elkind

A suite of essays masking a extensive diversity of issues, together with day care, the roots of homosexuality, generational clash, and kid's techniques of existence and dying. "Richly suggestive." --Contemporary Psychology

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A second, less popular, theory of knowing asserts that the mind operates not like a camera but rather like a projector. According to this view, the infant comes into the world with a built-in film library that is part of his natural endowment. Learning about the world amounts to running these films through a projector (the mind) that displays the film on a blank screen that is the world. This theory asserts that we never learn anything new, that nothing really exists outside our heads, and that the whole world is a product of our own mental processes.

Like Pestalozzi and Froebel, Montessori was more of a practitioner than she was a theorist. She often borrowed contemporary theoretical concepts to describe and account for her practice, and these did not always quite fit. As a practitioner, however, she was a superb teacher and clinician. Her contributions on the practical plane, particularly to early childhood education, were enormous. It was Montessori (1964), for example, who recognized that little children need a world scaled to their dimensions and had her schoolrooms furnished with child-sized chairs and tables.

The houses, with their steep red tile roofs, carved wooden porches, and overflowing flower boxes, add extra charm to a landscape that is already heart-stoppingly beautiful. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Switzerland is the number of outstanding psychologists and psychiatrists it has produced in relation to the modest size of its population (2,000,000 people). One thinks of Claparede, who preceded Piaget at the Institute de Rousseau in Geneva; of Carl Gustav lung, the great analytic psychologist; of Hermann Rorschach, who created the famed Rorschach ink-block test; and of Friderich Binswanger, the existential psychiatrist.

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