Discussing the future value of computers as tools for cognitive development, the volume reviews past literature and presents new data from a Piagetian perspective.
Constructivism in the Computer Age includes such topics as: teaching LOGO to children; the computers effects on social development; computer graphics as a new language; and computers as a means of enhancing reflective thinking.
"The volume's strong suit is theoretical speculation and interesting examples of technology use….There is no serious lobbying for new types of schools or reform of school curricula. In this regard, the chapters are likely to spark the interest of educational practitioners to try some new activities….we find the volume to be provocative and imaginative and highly recommend it to all readers interested in exploring new ideas about the power of computer environments to enhance intellectual development."
Contents Part I:Piaget in the Computer Age. S. Papert, The Conservation of Piaget: The Computer as Grist to the Constructivist Mill. P.B. Pufall, Function in Piaget's System: Some Notes for Constructors of Microworlds. Part II:Computers and the Developmental Relation Between Intuitive and Formal Knowing. A.A. Di Sessa, Knowledge in Pieces. J. Lockhead, Some Pieces of the Puzzle. G. Forman, Making Intuitive Knowledge Explicit Through Future Technology. Part III:Structural and Individual Development in Computer Worlds. G.G. Fein, E.K. Scholnick, P.F. Campbell, S.S. Schwartz, R. Frank, Computing Space: A Conceptual and Developmental Analysis of LOGO. J.F. Wohlwill, Artistic Imagination During the "Latency Period" Revealed Through Computer Graphics. H.P. Ginsburg, S, Zelman, Understanding Individual Differences in the Computer Age. Part IV:Special Applications of Computers and Video-Disc in Education. J. Bransford, R. Sherwood, T. Hasselbring, The Video Revolution and Its Effects on Development: Some Initial Thoughts. D. Wolf, The Quality of Interaction: Domain Knowledge, Social Interchange, and Computer Learning. F. Murray, The Child-Computer Dyad and Cognitive Development. Epilogue. G. Forman, P. Pufall, Constructivism in the Computer Age: A Reconstructive Epilogue.
Each year, following their annual meeting, the Jean Piaget Society publishes an edited volume. This approximately 300-page volume covers the main themes of the symposium and is published by Psychology Press.
Members of the society receive the volume free of charge. Non-members can order copies from this website.
About the Jean Piaget Society
The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge.
The Society's aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, our journal, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.
In 1989, the name of the Society was changed to Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.
You can find out more on the Jean Piaget Society website at http://www.piaget.org/ .