Act of keeping a balance, or state of being balanced.
According to Jean
Piaget, equilibration is also the process that drives the development
and acquisition of knowledge.
We are frequently
faced with new events or situations that cannot be fully handled
by our existing understanding. This creates a state of disequilibrium,
or an imbalance between what is understood and what is encountered.
We naturally try to reduce such imbalances by focusing on the stimuli
that causes the disequilibrium, and then developing new schemes
or adapting old ones until equilibrium is restored. This process
of restoring balance is called equilibration. According to Piaget,
it is essential to learning.
striking a balance between yourself and your environment, between
assimilation of new ideas and information and accommodation of those
At this time, when
the equilibrium of so many of us is upset, we have the rich opportunity
to grow and develop by accommodating new perspectives, and reach
new and deeper understanding of the world around us.
Theory Applied to an Early Childhood Curriculum. Cecelia Lavatelli.
(American Science and Engineering, 1973)
Also introduced in
Learning: An Interview with Judee Humburg by Marcia Conner (LiNE
Zine, Winter 2001)
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