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Jean Jacques Piaget was born in Neuchtel Switzerland on August 9 1896 His father Arthur Piaget was a professor in Medieval Literature His mother Rebecca Jackson was an intelligent woman but Jean found her a little bit neurotic When he was in his late youth he had a faith crisis His mother encouraged him to attend church but he only found it foolish So he decided to focus less on philosophy and more on psychology Smith L Jean Piaget was one the most exciting research theorists in all of child development When he was 11 he attended Neuchtel Latin high school where people say that his brilliant career started After graduation he went the University of Neuchtel There he studied natural sciences While at the university he published to essays which are now considered his adolescent work The two essays were the beginning of how he first showed how he thought He then attended the University of Zrich were he gained an interest in psychoanalysis In 1919 he went to Paris France where he met DrSimon at the Binet Laboratory While in Paris Piaget planned and administered many reading tests to school children and became interested not in their correct answers but in their incorrect answers He wanted to explore the reasoning process that children have By 1921 he began to publish his research findings In that same year he received a position in Geneva at the Institute JJ At the institute he first began his study on elementary school children and this during this research he published his first 5 books on Child Psychology In 1923 Jean married Valentine Chtenay They had three children together and he based most of his research on them this research became three more books In 1929 he joined the University of Geneva as a professor of child psychology and through his experience at Geneva he became one of the most influential theorists in the area of cognitive
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