Jean Piaget Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following activities are designed to help your students find new and creative ways to explore the life and contributions of the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget.

Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist whose work on child cognitive development had major implications on how we approach child psychology today. The following activities, intended for high school aged students, can help students to delve deeper into the life, works, and theories of Jean Piaget.

Jean Piaget Activities

Interview with Piaget

Students will start by researching Jean Piaget or reviewing their notes on him. They should focus on his personal life, personality, theories, and contributions to psychology. With this, students are going to imagine that they will have the opportunity to interview Jean Piaget for a top psychology journal. Students will think about the sorts of things they'd like to ask Piaget, and compose a list of 20-25 interview questions. Ask students to try and move beyond simple questions like 'where were you born'. With the questions written, students will then switch hats and imagine that they are Jean Piaget. They will answer these interview questions as they think Piaget would, to the best of their abilities.

  • Materials: Reference supplies, writing supplies.

Piaget's Stages of Development

Divide the class into four groups. Each group will be assigned one of Jean Piaget's four stages of child cognitive development. In their groups, students are going to create a brief skit that illustrates normal cognitive development in in that stage and ways to help children develop cognitively. A few students can act as narrators, explaining the thought process of children and the elements of Piaget's theories about this stage. The other students in the groups should act out the behaviors of children in this stage or the adults who are nurturing their development. Give each group a chance to present their stage of development to the rest of the class.

  • Materials: Writing supplies.

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