Reflections on 25 years of piagetian cognitive developmental psychology, 1963-1988

Halford G.S. (1989) Reflections on 25 years of piagetian cognitive developmental psychology, 1963-1988. Human Development, 32 6: 325-357. doi:10.1159/000276484

Author Halford G.S.
Title Reflections on 25 years of piagetian cognitive developmental psychology, 1963-1988
Journal name Human Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1423-0054
Publication date 1989-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1159/000276484
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 6
Start page 325
End page 357
Total pages 33
Subject 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
Abstract In this article some of the issues are examined that have arisen in one quarter of a century of intensive research on cognitive development from a Piagetian perspective. It is suggested that there is no evidence clearly confirming the existence of Piaget’s cognitive structures in explicit form. Consequently, neo-Piagetian theories have proliferated, in an attempt to conceptualize the increasingly powerful cognitive systems that have been observed to develop with age. Research on the object concept indicates that children have knowledge and skills that would not have been predicted by the Piagetian position, but that children progressively develop an integrated conception of space that is consistent with some of Piaget’s basic tenets. Some of the major studies purportedly demonstrating understanding of concrete operational concepts by 3- and 4-year-olds are shown to be based on false positives. There is rigorous evidence of hypothesis testing in middle childhood, but this performance does not necessarily entail formal operations as defined by Inhelder and Piaget. It is concluded that Piaget’s empirical work has held up better than is often thought but that his conceptualization of cognitive development is inadequate. Consequently, it is suggested, empirical researchers should devote more attention to testing alternative theories.
Keyword Cognitive
Neo-Piagetian theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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