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Compare and contrast Piaget's and Vygotsky's views of cognitive development.

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  • Essay length: 2405 words
  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Linda Penn
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There is a lot of detail in this essay and the writer has clearly done quite a lot of reading and research. The essay title has been addressed well and throughout the writing, references are made to the differences and similarities of Piaget's and Vygotsky's views. The essay could be improved by trying to put some of the more difficult concepts into the writer's own words to avoid being accused of plagiarism.

Marked by teacher Linda Penn 29/03/2013

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Compare and contrast Piaget's and Vygotsky's views of cognitive development.

Cognitive development is the growth in our capabilities as learners. Cognitive development theory attempts to explain how humans acquire and construct knowledge of themselves and their world. The first systematic theory of cognitive development was proposed by Jean Piaget, however there are other major theoretical approaches to cognitive development, including those of Vygotsky. Piaget approached the subject from a biological, nature, perspective, whereas Vygotsky approached the subject from an environmental, nurture, perspective. This leads to major differences in their theories regarding the way in which we learn and the importance of certain aspects such as language on cognitive development. Piaget's theory focuses on the organisation of intelligence and how it changes as children grow. Whereas Vygotsky's theory centres around the social process and he defines intelligence as the capacity to learn from instruction. We will also look at the impact both men's theories have had on education and how they have been applied to education. For better or worse. We will, therefore, look at these differences along with others, as well as the similarities of Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories and compare and contrast them.

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There is a lot of detail in this essay and the writer has clearly done quite a lot of reading and research. The essay title has been addressed well and throughout the writing, references are made to the differences and similarities of Piaget's and Vygotsky's views. The essay could be improved by trying to put some of the more difficult concepts into the writer's own words to avoid being accused of plagiarism.

Marked by teacher Linda Penn 29/03/2013

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