Cognitive Development Is Essential For The Development Of Language

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According to the California Department of Education, Cognitive Development refers to “to the process of growth and change in intellectual/mental abilities such as thinking, reasoning and understanding. It includes the acquisition and consolidation of knowledge.” It is the field in which both psychologists named Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky rose to fame. Though both theorists significantly contributed to the human understanding of the process, they differed on concept of development and how it occurs. Piaget and Vygotsky varied on the influence of the concepts: Culture, language, environmental source (stimuli) and pedagogue or agents of change.
Children are genetically endowed with particular ways of responding to their physical and social environment, and such temperaments influence their tendencies and personality. This is why cognitive development is essential for the development of language. Children typically talk about things that they can think about. Piaget’s perspective on language was one of that it provides a set of symbols through which children can mentally represent of external events and internal schemas. Piaget states that cognitive development causes language development and that children do not discuss things until they can understand them. Language then begins with internal speech and move to social conversations. Vygotsky on the other hand proposed that thought and language differs in kind by the functions it provides for children. In early years after…

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