Piaget in the Classroom

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Christelle Lebeau (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Carol Higy

Abstract: Jean Piaget is a theorist who has eternally changed the way in which all people perceive childhood development. Teachers are affected every day with the findings of Piaget. In his cognitive development theory, Piaget outlines the four states that all children travel through. Children in third grade, of ages eight or nine, are in the concrete operational stage. By using what has been proven of the concrete operational stage, a third grade class at Tanglewood Elementary School in Lumberton, North Carolina was taught new mathematical concepts using concrete experiences, an abundance of manipulatives, and cooperative learning groups where these children could experiment with their environments. The students were assessed on solid figures, symmetry, transformations (such as slides, turns, and flips), and similar and congruent shapes. The grades of the students in another third grade class in the same school whose teacher chose not to incorporate concrete developmental strategies were compared to the grades of those students in the experimental class. As predicted the students in the class who received minimal whole class instruction but was provided with ample opportunities to personally experience concrete learning performed much higher on the assessment. Most importantly, each child except for one - whose grades remain far above average - raised their mathematics assessment averages.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2007
Jean Piaget, Childhood Development, Cognitive Development, Concrete Operational Stage, Mathematics, Grades, Third Grade,

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