Jean Piaget

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Jean Piaget (August 9, 1896 - September 16, 1980) was a Swiss psychologist and is thought by many as the major figure in 20th-century developmental psychology.


Piaget studied zoology and philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel and received his doctorate in the former in 1918. Later he became interested in psychology and first went to Zürich, where he studied under Carl Jung and Eugen Bleuler, and later at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1919. From 1925 to 1929 Piaget was a professor at the University of Neuchâtel, and in 1929 he joined the faculty of the University of Geneva as professor of child psychology, remaining there until his death.[1]

Theory of Moral Development

According to Jean Piaget children between the ages of 5 to 10 years see the world through the lens of a "heteronomous" (other-directed) morality. They adhere to the regulations and rules of their parents to avoid being punished. At the end of midddle childhood the children's appreciation becomes more autonomous (self-directed).[2]