Prospects and Possibilities
Edited by Harry Beilin, Peter B. Pufall
Psychology Press – 1992 – 360 pages
Series: Jean Piaget Symposia Series
This volume marks the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Jean Piaget Society. Some of the American contributors were among the first to introduce Piaget to developmental and educational psychology in the United States, while some of the international contributors worked with Piaget to develop his program of genetic epistemology and continue to make significant contributions to it.
Within this volume the possibility of Piaget's paradigm is reviewed not only as the stuff of normal science, yielding fascinating empirical questions that linger within it, but also, and more importantly, as the stuff of revolutionary science, with continuing potential to comprehensively structure our thinking about developmental theory.
The constructive contribution Piaget's theory has for developmental theory emerges as four central themes in the volume:
"…provides a good overview of the varied directions in which Piaget-inspired science can proceed. The five parts of the volume reflect these directions in a concise manner…. the editors of the volume have done a superb job of integrating the different contributions, and bracketing them with a substantive introductory chapter by Beilin, and equally productive conclusions by Beilin and Pufall. It is clear from those contributions--as well as from all the chapters in the volume--that Piaget's theoretical and empirical legacy is not only alive but also is being advanced in substantive ways by an intellectually sophisticated group of scientists all over the world."
Contents: B. Inhelder, Foreword. H. Beilin, Piaget's New Theory. Part I:Understanding Self-Organizing Systems as Equilibrating Systems. R. Garcia, The Structure of Knowledge and the Knowledge of Structure. M. Chapman, Equilibration and the Dialectics of Organization. R. Case, Neo-Piagetian Theories of Intellectual Development. Part II:Theory of Mind: Examining Representation in Thought. J.H. Flavell, Perspectives on Perspective Taking. J. Perner, J. Wilde-Astington, The Child's Understanding of Mental Representation. Part III:Seeking Truth and Meaning: Logic and Scientific Reasoning. J. Brynes, Meaningful Logic: Developmental Perspectives. D. Kuhn, Piaget's Child as Scientist. Part IV:Language, Culture, and Thought. H. Sinclair, Changing Perspectives in Child Language Acquisition. J. Bruner, Narrative as the Construction of Reality. Part V:Constructing Societies. H.G. Furth, The Developmental Origin of Human Societies. J. Youniss, W. Damon, Social Construction in Piaget's Theory. F. Murray, Reconstructing and Constructivism: The Development of American Educational Reform. Part VI:Final Commentary. H. Beilin, P.B. Pufall, In Conclusion: Continuing Implications.