Follow-Ups of Piaget: Another Neo

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 419–420. Reviews the book, Cognitive Development: Research Based on a Neo-Piagetian Approach edited by J. A. Keats, K. F. Collis, and G. S. Halford (1978). Much of this book is devoted to the familiar territory of preoperations and concrete operations, one of the strongest contributions deals in a helpful way with formal operations, and other chapters extend the approach to the educational topics of mathematics learning and the study of history. The present collection, while admirable and stimulating in many respects, still has the quality of work in progress, with the “Piagetian” thus far more obvious than the “neo.” The present collection solely in terms of its ability to solve problems raised by Piaget would be to do both Piaget and its authors a disservice. Whatever the controversies surrounding Piagetian theory, the value of the empirical work is undeniable. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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