Jean Piaget (Switzerland)
Mandate: Acting ADG October 1949 – January 1950
Born in 1896 in Switzerland, Jean Piaget became a famous developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. A graduate in biology from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), he studied psychology, sociology and philosophy in Zurich and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He was a Doctor of Science in Zoology.
In 1921, he became director of research at the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute (Academic Institute of Education Sciences), and was appointed co-director of the Institute in 1929. The same year, he also became Director of the International Bureau of Education, until 1967.
Mr Piaget pursued a career as teacher at university level: he taught psychology, philosophy and sciences in many academic institutions (University of Neuchâtel, University of Geneva, the Sorbonne, among others). He was also a visiting professor at Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and many other universities.
After his interim, Mr Piaget became delegate of Switzerland to the Executive Board, until 1954. He was President of the Swiss National Commission for UNESCO for many years.
Mr Piaget is the author of many influential articles and books on education, notably early childhood education, and was a member of several national and international commissions. He held 30 Doctorate degrees honoris causa of many universities in various countries, and 10 scientific prizes. More information
He died in 1980.
- “The Psychology of Marbles” in The UNESCO Courier (1980)
- “A structural foundation for tomorrow’s education”, in Prospects: quarterly review of education (1972)
- “The development in children of the idea of the homeland and of relations with other countries”, in the International Social Science Bulletin (1951)