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Values and Knowledge

1st Edition

Edited by Edward S. Reed, Elliot Turiel, Terrance Brown

Psychology Press

182 pages

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It is widely recognized that a person's values will profoundly affect what that person attends to, thinks about, and remembers. Yet, despite this, psychologists have only begun to study and think about the deep connections between values and knowledge.

This volume explores this important area in psychology by offering an overview of what is known about the developmental role of valuation in the acquisition of knowledge, and also by examining a range of new ideas for understanding the intricate connection between evaluation and thinking. More specifically, the text:

  • provides a historical overview of philosophical and psychological theories relating the values and knowledge;
  • reviews the importance of values for infants and their caretakers in the origins of both cognition and social relations;
  • offers a provocative view of how the differences among families in their values may have profound affects on psychological development;
  • explicates the development of a personal sphere within which one strives to shape one's own values;
  • emphasizes the heterogeneity of valuation inherent in every culture and how conflicts of values are likely to be common and important to human development;
  • presents eye-opening research on social-cognitive limitations of average people in respecting the points of view of others; and
  • summarizes and critiques Piaget's theory of the role of values in development.

For practitioners in the fields of developmental and social psychology, and education, this volume will introduce a number of important and current issues, from multiculturality and gender to the differential roles of temperament and upbringing in development. The emphasis is placed squarely on developing individuals and how they shape themselves in a world that is structured by values as well as by facts.


"Overall, I found the collection of essays provocative and especially important for conceiving the apprehension of values as a form of knowledge within a complex web of social and cultural contexts. It is recommended for those exploring Piaget's thought and striving to carry it forward, as well as developmental psychologists, hermeneutical philosophers, and social ethicists."

James Duffy, PhD Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. E.S. Reed, Selves, Values, Cultures. I.C. Uzgiris, Together and Apart: The Enactment of Values in Infancy. L.P. Nucci, Morality and the Personal Sphere of Actions. S.M. Okin, The Gendered Family and the Development of a Sense of Justice. E. Turiel, Equality and Hierarchy: Conflict in Values. L. Ross, A. Ward, Naive Realism in Everyday Life: Implications for Social Conflict and Misunderstanding. T. Brown, Values, Knowledge, and Piaget.

About the Series

Jean Piaget Symposia Series

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 .

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General