Announcing the Jean Piaget Society Doctoral Dissertation Prize
Through a very generous donation by a long-time member of the Society, The Jean Piaget Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development is pleased to announce a yearly prize for the best dissertation exemplifying and continuing, in the broadest sense, the spirit of inquiry begun by Jean Piaget and Bärbel Inhelder.
Download the JPS 2017 Dissertation Prize Announcement
According to the deed establishing the prize, its purpose is to "encourage a new generation of scholars to pursue empirical and theoretical studies of children's construction of knowledge by integrating insights from developmental epistemology, biology, psychology, evolutionary theory and education. To that end, this prize will be awarded to a new scholar who will deliver at an annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society an address based upon her or his dissertation on an historical, epistemological or empirical subject. The prize will be given to the submission that best continues the spirit of Piaget - a study grounded in a firm knowledge of, but not limited to, the work of Piaget and Inhelder."
Any doctoral dissertation originating from any country, from psychology, philosophy, education, history of science, evolutionary biology or related fields that concerns the topic of knowledge and its development will be considered. Empirical work, rigorous demonstrations of educational methods, epistemology, historical analysis of ideas, evolutionary theory or explorations of Piaget and Inhelder's late process theory are some examples of the topics that may be submitted. The quality of the work will be paramount: the work need not have originated from the point of view of Piagetian theory, but knowledge of the theory should be demonstrated in the winning submission, to help explain how the work furthers the ongoing study of the interdependence of knowledge and development.
The mission of the prize is not to look backwards but to promote exciting new discoveries - discoveries that recognize that the study of the development of knowledge begun by Piaget, Inhelder, and their many collaborators is a living, continuing tradition that reverberates in many rich and surprising ways through many disciplines.
The prize consists of $2000 plus reimbursement of reasonable travel costs and meeting registration fees, and will be given to the most outstanding summary submitted to the prize committee of a dissertation completed and approved within the 24 months preceding the deadline for submission to the annual symposium meetings of the Jean Piaget Society.
A candidate must be a student, student member, postdoctoral researcher or new regular member of the Society for the current or upcoming year. Nonmembers may submit for the prize, but they must pay nonmember conference registration fees by the conference date. (A nonmember's conference registration includes a one-year membership.)
All materials submitted to the prize committee, and the presentation at the conference, must be in English, although the original dissertation may be in any language.
Candidates must follow the regular procedures to submit to the JPS conference a work based upon their dissertations completed and approved in the 24 months preceding the submission deadline. The submission. It may be submitted either as a stand-alone paper or as a part of a symposium. In addition, candidates must submit to the prize committee an abstract of the dissertation not to exceed 2000 words. Send submissions to: Brian Cox, Prize Committee Chair: email@example.com
The prize committee will consider only applicants whose papers have been accepted for the conference. The committee will first judge the submissions blind based on the 2000-word abstract. Approximately three submissions will be chosen as finalists. Then, to ensure that the doctoral dissertation is a completed work, and to facilitate judging its importance, finalists will be asked on short notice to submit the following to the prize committee:
- a pdf of a signed signature page for the final approved document;
- one letter of recommendation from someone who has read the entire dissertation (preferably a doctoral dissertation advisor or another dissertation committee member) to help the committee judge the significance of the work in the context of its discipline;
- a brief curriculum vitae of the candidate, to evaluate the place of the work in the totality of his or her work to date.
Upon receipt of the requested information from the finalists the committee will decide upon the winner of the prize.
The abstract submitted for the prize must be suitable for a 20-minute presentation at the Jean Piaget Society meeting. It may be accompanied by figures, tables, and some references on a maximum of ten PowerPoint slides. Submissions with no references will not be considered. Minor revisions in the winning paper will be permitted before it is presented.
The due date for submissions for the prize will be the same as the due date for submission of abstracts for the Society's annual conference, with the first prize to be given at the 2015 conference. The winner, finalists and other applicants will be notified of their final statuses around the time of conference acceptance in February.
The winning submission will be noted as such in the conference program next to the slot for its presentation. The program will also mention the winner and the other finalists along with the titles of their dissertations and the names of their doctoral institutions.
Questions/submissions should be directed to Brian Cox, Prize Committee Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some references on the late Process Theory of Piaget & Inhelder
Inhelder, B. Genetic epistemology and developmental psychology. In R.W. Rieber & K. Salzinger (Eds.), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1977.
Piaget, J. Problems of equilibration. In M. Appel & L. Goldberg (Eds.), Topics in cognitive development. Volume 1: Equilibration: Theory, research, and application. Plenum Publishing Corporation, 1977.
Piaget, J. Studies in reflecting abstraction. Sussex, England: Psychology Press, 2001. (R.L. Campbell [Ed. and translator].) Original work published [in French], 1977.
Piaget, J. Adaptation and Intelligence: Organic selection and phenocopy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.
Emerging Scholar Travel Awards
PETE PUFALL TRAVEL AWARDS
We are pleased
continue to offer two travel awards of $400 each plus free conference registration
to two Emerging Scholars, one residing in the U.S.A. and one international award. These awards are made possible
by a generous gift of the Pufall Family. More information on applying for these awards will be contained in the Call for Papers.
NOTE: To be eligible, the first author (presenting author) must be a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow.
PRIOR RECIPIENTS OF THE PETE PUFALL / JACOBS FOUNDATION TRAVEL AWARDS
Step by step: Perspective taking in the social problem solving process
Organization is the key to success: The differential effects of executive function on sorting and clustering organizational strategies in preschoolers
Gregory Dam, Northwestern University, Pete Pufall Award
A movement game for learning about decision theory
Michelle Twali, University of Utah, Pete Pufall Award
Types of ethnicity-based discrimination and implications on ethnic identity
James W Allen, University of Victoria, Jacobs Foundation Award
A narrative practice approach to the use of narratives within First Nations communities
Luciana Maria Caetano, University of São Paulo, Jacobs Foundation Award
Am I being just? Educative Conceptions of Brazilians Parents
Lahat, University of Toronto, Pete Pufall Award
correlates of moral development: The distinction between moral and
social conventional violations
Moriguchi, Joetsu University of Education, Pete Pufall Award
Neural basis of executive function
in young children: A NIRS Study
York University, Pete Pufall Award
results of a Foucauldian archaeology of Piaget’s appeals to
Silvia Guerrero-Moreno, Universidad de Castilla-La
Mancha, Pete Pufall Award
The assessment of racial
awareness in preschoolers: Different stimuli, different outcomes?
Developmental Contemplative Science Travel Scholarship
In a continuation of initiatives stemming from the JPS pre-conference in 2012 on Developmental Contemplative Science, and with generous support from the 1440 Foundation, we are pleased to offer two outstanding emerging scholars a travel award of $400 each plus a waiver of conference registration. Submissions must come from a current graduate student or post-doctoral student, domestic and/or international, and must be broadly relevant to the study of contemplative practices (e.g., mindfulness, meditation, compassion) in human development. If you wish to be considered for a DCS scholarship, please include your name and e-mail in the conference submission form.