Piaget/Preschoolers' Capacity for Reading and Math
A 10 page research paper that includes a 136 word abstract that discusses Jean Piaget, the Swiss child psychologist, who is one of the most influential theorist of the twentieth century. This summary and investigation of his work, with a particular focus on his text, The Origins of Intelligence in Children, first of all, offers a broad overview of Piagetian theory and its constructive nature. This writer begins by considering the current trend to introduce academics, i.e., reading and math, to preschoolers and then sets this trend against the context of Piagetian theory in order to evaluate its efficacy. The conclusion that this leads to is that direct early academic instruction will not be successful and could very well be detrimental to the child. Bibliography lists 7 sources.