Cognitive Development Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Cognitive Development
A comparison of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky's theories on cognitive development.
# 107423 | 925 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses theories of cognitive development and states that Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky are two theorists who had different views of cognitive development. The paper then goes on to explore the similarities and differences between these theories and concludes that both theories concern childhood development, so Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories are similar in that respect, but their theories are different in that Vygotsky's emphasizes the need for social interaction and the influence of culture on cognitive development.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cole, M., John-Steiner, V., Scriber, S. & Souberman, E., eds. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Driscoll, M. P. (1994). Psychology of learning for instruction. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Hausfather, S. J., (1996). Vygotsky and schooling: Creating a social context for learning. Action in Teacher Education. (18) 1-10.
  • Lefrancois, G. R. (1994). Psychology for teaching. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
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