chapter  4
Educationally Useful Theories
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Because it is the differences between the two theories that are of most interest here, we might note similarities briefly and generally. Both Plato's and Piaget's theory present an image of children's development that involves progress through a series of stages during which understanding of the world is qualitatively different. The most general feature of this process is the move from concrete, perceptiondominated forms of thinking to a kind of abstract, formal thinking that frees the thinker from confusions and distortions inherent in the previous stages. Both developmental theories are couched in terms which involve claims about learning and motivation at the various stages.