Much of the research done in the past 50 years has led us to view the child as overly rational, ready and eager to learn what grown-ups have to teach them, with little need for time and encouragement to explore their own imaginative renderings of the world around them. I think this view has led to some serious problems with the way we educate and raise our children. Though Piaget would turn over in his grave, the work of those who followed him has led us to view children as incomplete adults, moving in a neat linear fashion toward knowing the things grown-ups know.
We need a richer view of young children, one that takes into account the complex ways in which children construct meaning and learn about the world. They do this in part by transforming the world through their imaginative activity.