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Jean Piaget has been identified as one of the great contributors to knowledge in our time. Robinson (1952) lists him in his book, 100 Most Important People in the World Today. During his life he developed the learning theories of genetic epistemology that brought him recognition as the father of modern child psychology. During countless hours of observations performed by him personally, he developed clinical interviewing techniques to reveal the cognitive developmental level of a child. Similarly, all educators are concerned with cognitive development of the learner. The Piagetian clinical interviews glean information on the subject ability to process information which may be related to performance on educati0n measures, such as, achievement and aptitude tests. Both are looking to find out more about the various aspects of the learner's cognitive development. Traditionally standardized tests have been used in measuring academic achievement which is at least one aspect of a learner's level of cognitive reasoning. In light of new knowledge of learning theories, traditional standardized tests may tell educators only part of what they need to know. Teachers are concerned with diagnostic, prescriptive, and analytical tests that can be used both in planning instruction and predicting future academic success in school.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Roy Unruh

Second Advisor

Len Froyen


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