Vygotsky Vs Piaget's Theory

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1. Piaget’s Theory: The children at this age are in the preoperational stage. This age ranges from two to seven. During the preoperational stage children tend to think and do only one thing at a time. Children in this stage are very egocentric in that they can’t see different perspectives of people around them. This also is why children do a lot of self-talk during this age. Children will make words up for objects or places. Another quality children in this stage have is high animistic thinking. They cant quiet grasp the concept that objects that are not alive don’t have life like qualities’. An example of this would be a child thinking that his or her doll can feel and have emotions like humans. The preoperational child has a very hard time with conservation of tasks and irreversibility. They cannot distinguish reversed patterns or the difference between two things that have the same quality.

2. Vygotsky’s Theory: Vygotsky theory is similar to Piaget in that they both believe in constructivism. Vygotsky, had a different version of some of the theory’s Piaget had though. Vygotsky was very against standardized tests. He believed that Knowledge was
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While observing in the classroom I noticed something’s that aligned with Vygotsky’s theory. The use of scaffolding was done a lot by the teacher. She would help them just enough but not to much so they met that so called “magic middle,” as stated by Vygotsky. This would happen with one on one instruction along with group time. I also saw a lot of authentic instruction while I was there. The teacher would go over proper ways to eat and set up their lunch. This seems silly to us because we think doesn’t everybody know that but these children are at that age where they need to be taught real-life instructions to understand everyday situations. Like Piaget Vygotsky’s saw self talk as a very important aspect of children’s development. I saw this multiple times in the classroom with mainly the

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