Essay about Vygotsky And Vygotsky On Children Cognition

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Comparison of Piaget and Vygotsky on Children Cognition

A person 's everyday life is threaded by conscious purpose. Minuscule actions such as reaching for food in the cupboard, to developing a cure for a disease, actions are directed towards goals. Conscious awareness reveals itself in part to this purpose, as well as the organization in which we demonstrate our thoughts and actions. The process of cognition involves thinking and mental activity combined, such as memory, problem solving, or simply attention. Many past and present theories have emphasized the parallels between the verbalized prepositional language structure to that of the language of thought complex. In this paper I will compare and contrast the roles of language and cognition from the viewpoints of two acclaimed theorists Piaget and Vygotsky taking their stances on whether development is self-taught (Piaget) or culturally aided (Vygotsky), who were both massively influential in establishing a scientific approach to analyzing the process of cognitive development and active construction of knowledge in children.

Both Piaget and Vygotsky agreed that children 's cognitive development took place in stages. (Jarvis, Chandler 2001 P.149). However they were distinguished by different styles of thinking. Piaget was the first to reveal that children reason and think differently at different periods in their lives. He believed that all children progress through four different and very distinct stages of cognitive…

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