Wednesday, May 17, 2006

“ By contrast, the cognitive-developmental view assumes that a dialectic exists not only between moral judgement and action, but between all cognition and experience. This interaction between the person and his /her environment, between subject and object, forms the essence of the Piagetian model of learning and development. The point here is that thought and action are intertwined; looking at either one alone, one misses the innate interdependence of the psychological processes leading to moral action. The stimulus - response (S - R) model assumes a relatively passive learner responding reflexively to environmental stimuli. The Piagetian model, on the other hand, stresses reflectivity over reflexivity. Thus stimuli are reinforcing only to the extent that they become meaningful to the individual.”

“ The quality of interaction between the self and others involves a continual equilibration process described by Piaget (1963) as the organism’s adaptation to the environment. It is by adapting to things that thought organizes itself, and it is by organising, and it is by organizing itself that thought structures things (Piaget 1963)”.

If we think back to the dilemma what was first : a chicken or an egg? The Bible says that in the beginning it was a word. It looks like Piaget believed that at the beginning it was a thought?

“ The equilibration occurs when the outside stimulation from an environment is similar enough to a persona’s present organisation to allow understanding and absorption.. Here the person is able to bend the reality event to fit his present structure. The equilibration also includes outside stimulation dissimilar enough to ensure optimal pressure or conflict to encourage a person to adjust to new ( slightly different) realities in the environment”

It is also believed that The Life does not give you a challenge which you can not handle and the weight of the cross you carry is up to the strength of your shoulders.