Review of Piaget's theory of intelligence

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Abstract

Reviews the book, Piaget's Theory of Intelligence by Charles J. Brainerd (1978). This book is much more than an introduction to Piaget's theory. It is also a comprehensive and long overdue critical evaluation of the theory, based on an extensive consideration of replication research. For each stage of cognitive development, as well as a concluding discussion of educational implications, Brainerd describes the theory and then reviews the relevant research bearing on the topics discussed. Important and complex aspects of the theory are discussed in terms of the predictions that should follow in controlled experiments, rather than merely presenting Piaget's ideas as revealed truth. Unfortunately, the text is purported to be an introduction to Piaget's theory for the undergraduate course in cognitive development, and in that capacity it would be less satisfactory than as a supplementary or even an advanced text. As an introductory text it may be too critical. Brainerd fares no worse than other recent authors who have attempted to introduce Piaget's ideas. The book's strength, as well as its uniqueness, clearly lies in its evaluative orientation. It is highly recommended for those readers already familiar with the theory, preferably from primary sources. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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