Piaget: A Description and Evaluation

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 421–422. Reviews the book, Piaget's Theory of Intelligence by Charles J. Brainerd (1978). This book represents another entree for the growing menu of undergraduate introductions to Piaget. The unique feature is a specific and detailed review of non-Genevan, Piaget-inspired research. Throughout the volume, the theory is explicitly treated as a set of hypotheses to be evaluated, and relevant research from other sources, is marshaled to begin the process of evaluation. The presentation of this research is lucid and clear, woven around the recurrent theme of competence-performance considerations. In sum, this introduction has some compelling advantages, especially the relevant research reviews. Its limitations are also substantial. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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