Piaget and Vygotsky on Cognitive Development Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Piaget and Vygotsky on Cognitive Development
This paper compares and contrasts Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development with Lev Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of development.
# 115692 | 1,012 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2009 in Education (Theory) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Piaget)

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The paper explains Jean Piaget's and Lev Vygotsky's stages of development and identifies the differences in their approaches. Additionally, the paper provides specific examples of how teachers can incorporate each of these theories in the classroom. The paper concludes that both Vygotsky and Piaget acknowledge the importance of social learning, however, Vygotsky places greater importance on language development and the role it plays in the development of individual cognition.

Piaget: Stages of Development
Vygotsky: Stages of Development
Differences Between Piaget and Vygotsky
Application of Piaget and Vygotsky in the Classroom
Summary and Conclusion

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dahl, Bettina (nd) A Synthesis of Different Psychological Learning Theories? Piaget and Vygotsky. Norwegian Center for Mathematics Education
  • DeVries, Rheta (nd) Vygotsky, Piaget, and Education: A Reciprocal Assimilation of Theories and Educational Practices. Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education.
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Online available at:
  • Piaget, J. (1962) Comments on Vygotsky's critical remarks concerning 'The Language and Thought of the Child', and 'Judgment and Reasoning in the Child' (Cambridge Massachusetts, The M.I.T.).
  • Piaget, J. (1969) Psykologi og paedagogik (Copenhagen, Hans Reitzel).

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