Piaget on Knowing How Versus Knowing That

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 688–689. Reviews the book, Success and Understanding by Jean Piaget (1978). In style, approach, and to some extent substance, this latest book is largely predictable from the earlier work, but it deals with a crucial topic more explicitly than anywhere else, and can be recommended on that basis alone. In this volume, the focus is on the development of actions that become quite complex and would seem to require planful coordination. Clinical descriptions of a variety of subject's performances in these situations comprise the bulk of this small volume. The major question addressed in this book is one bound to remain with developmentalists for many years, and that is the interaction embodied in the relationship between knowing how and knowing that. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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