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Jean Piaget had always been a scholar even as a youth and this characteristic was key to his goals and works through out his life At the early age 10 of he managed his first publication and by the age of 15 Piaget had decided to direct his work toward a biological stand point which is clearly reflected in his later work as being the core of his beliefs and interests Piaget received his baccalaureate at the age of 18 from the University of Neuchatel and also his doctorate in the natural sciences from that same school three years later It was at this point that his work became more philosophical and Piaget began to study mollusks The adaptation of the mollusks to one environment to the other intrigued Piaget so much in fact that he published several professional papers on mollusks and was considered to be one of the worlds experts on them It was from his early work in biology he came to believe that not only are biological acts adaptations to the environment but also that the mental activity or cognitive development can apply to the same laws that biological activity can He perceived cognitive acts as adaptations to the environment This idea does not however imply that mental behavior can be totally accredited to biological function but that the factors are related and can be used to understand the concepts of cognitive development better Piagets ideas on identifying the stages of cognitive development carry more information pertaining to intelligence knowledge and the interaction of a learner and their environment He found through experimentation that the development of childrens intelligence could be seen in stages Piaget tested children even his own children in order to examine the development of their thought The theory is based on three assumptions the first being that knowledge is a process that is constantly changing and being altered from the interactions between the individual and the
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