Adaptation to Equilibration: A More Complex Model of the Applications of Piaget’s Theory to Early Childhood Education

  • Christine Chaillé
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


Three levels of educational applications of Piagetian theory are delineated in this paper--the level of the learning experiences of the child; the level of the teacher’s views of teaching and learning; and the level of the transmission of culture through the educational process. Each of these levels has been approached with a simple interactionist model of equilibration. Although this model has been a fruitful one and has generated considerable thinking and research, it may rest on oversimple epistemological assumptions. The problems that need to be addressed are restated given the more complex model of equilibration set forth by Piaget (1977).


Educational Application Cultural Reproduction Early Childhood Education Program Childhood Education Program Considerable Thinking 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Chaillé
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  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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