Compare Vygotsky And Piaget

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During the early 1900’s there were two psychologist that stood out from all the others, Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget. Vygotsky is a part of the foundation for study of cognitive development. Born in end of 1869 and died in 1934 he was the leader of developmental psychology, education, and child development in his short thirty-five years. Moreover, Jean Piaget was born in 1896 and died in 1980 during those eighty-four years he made drastic leaps in psychology and childrens’ development. Even though both men were born during the same year and they studied the same subjects their beliefs and theories differed greatly. Before Piaget’s theories it was common assumption that children were not competent thinkers as adults. Jean Piaget was the first …show more content…
Lev Vygotsky in his short ten year career created a detailed description of cognitive development. Additionally, he emphasized his beliefs known as sociocultural theory. Sociocultural theory is the perspective that emphasizes the importance of culture and learning. Hence, he also proposed that as adults interact with children, they share the meanings they attach to objects, events, and… human experience.”(Ormrod, 2000). Due to this the process they transform “meanings are conveyed through a variety of mechanisms, including language (spoken words, writing, etc.), mathematical symbols, art, music” (Ormrod, 2000). Also, Lev Vygotsky believed that language and thought are completely separate function in small children such as toddlers and infants. Currently, in many classrooms Vygotsky’s Theory is applied. A great example of this is mediated learning experience. This is a discussion between an adult and child where the adult helps the child understand and comprehend an event that they both are seeing. For example a young toddler around the age of two is on the playground with their teacher they may see a bird land on the ground a few from them. The teacher would respond to the child “Look! Do you see the bird? The bird says tweet tweet. He is looking for bugs to eat”. By explaining to a young child in this particular way it helps the child make sense of what they are experiencing. In recent years there has been an increase in Lev Vygotsky’s influence in modern early childhood

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