Jean Piaget and Brunna

Jerome Bruner
          Jerome Bruner was born in New York in 1915.   At the age of 2 he underwent operations to correct vision impaired due to cataracts.   His father died when Jerome was 12, after which the family moved frequently and Jerome had an education interrupted by frequent changes of school.   Despite this, Bruner’s grades were good enough to enter Duke University in Durham, NC where he obtained a B.A. in 1937 followed by a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1941.
          Bruner was Professor of Psychology at Harvard (1952-1972) and Watts Professor at Oxford (1972-1980), and has spent time at the New York University School of Law and the New School for Social Research in New York City.
          For the past 45 years Bruner has been a leader in the establishment of cognitive psychology as an alternative to the behaviourist theories that dominated psychology in the first half of the 20th century.
          Bruner’s cognitive approach to his work in childhood learning and perception has made him a key figure in educational reform in the United States and Britain.
          Bruner served on the President’s Science Advisory Committee during the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies and has received many awards and honours, including the International Balzan Prize (for his “lifelong contribution to the understanding of the human mind”), the CIBA Gold Medal for Distinguished Research and the Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association.
          Bruner is currently Research Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow in Law at New York University.   Over the past 40 years he has published many books, including The Process of Education (1960), Acts of Meaning (1991) and The Culture of Education (1996).

          Bruner’s Work on Cognition and Constructivism
          Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner demonstrated how thought processes could be subdivided into...