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Resources for Teachers

Some suggestions from for those teaching Piaget from Susan Golbeck (golbeck@rci.rutgers.edu)

For early childhood people:

  • DeVries, R. & Kohlberg, L. (1987). Constructivist early education: Overview and comparison with other programs. Washington D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
    A scholarly volume for advanced students in early education interested in applying Piaget's ideas to curriculum development in programs for young children. This volume also compares and contrasts a Piagetian approach with other popular approaches to early education.
  • DeVries, R. & Zan, B. (1994). Moral classrooms, moral children: Creating a constructivist atmosphere in early education. NY: Teachers College Press.
    While geared towards early childhood practitioners, these ideas are relevant to all classrooms. DeVries and Zan explain why all learning starts with the sociomoral atmosphere and among other things offer a constructivist perspective on "classroom management"

For everyone:

  • Ginsburg, H. (1997). Entering the child's mind. NY: Cambridge University Press.
    Ginsburg discusses the use of the clinical method. He compares and contrasts this method of assessment with traditional forms of assessment and provides many examples and guidelines for novices.
  • DeLisi, R. & Golbeck, S. (1999). Implications of Piagetian theory for peer learning, (3-37). In A. O'Donnell & A. King (Eds.) Cognitive perspectives on peer learning. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    For graduate students interested in the collaborative and cooperative learning, this chapter explores the applicability of Piaget's theory. The chapter includes a discussion of social factors in disequilibration and a review of research on social interaction and cognitive change.

If you have other suggested readings to share, please send them to Chris Lalonde webmaster@piaget.org