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BORGES, Karen Selbach  and  FAGUNDES, Léa da Cruz. The theory of Jean Piaget as a principle for the development of innovations. Educação. Porto Alegre [online]. 2016, vol.39, n.2, pp.242-248. ISSN 1981-2582.

This paper aim to show that the theory of Jean Piaget explains the cognitive mechanisms used by inventors in their creations. Knowing that the creative process is different for each person, we seek through a metaphor, the "cyclone of creation", represent the steps of this process. Finally, we wish to promote a reflection on the following question: given that the mechanisms described by Piaget are effective for the production of inventions and that these are important for the innovations how to promote the development of mechanisms that will turn the youth of today in tomorrow's innovators.

Keywords : Innovation; Invention; Cognitive Mechanisms; Jean Piaget.

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