17 April 2012
Compare and Contrast
Cognitive development is the development of intelligence and problem-solving ability that begins when you are a child. Jean Piaget and Lev S. Vygotsky were two psychologists who focused on cognitive development and had similar and different ideas with the subject. We will found out how Piagets theory is compared and contrast to Vygotskys theory.
Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist that focused on the education of children and its importance. His two major principles operated in cognitive development were organization and adaptation. Piagets organization principle focused on how the mind is structured in increasingly complex ways. He viewed schemes as a mental representation of an action that can be performed on any type of object. Piagets second principle, adaptation, focuses on the processes of assimilation and accommodation. Assimilation is the way we take information from the outside world and bring it to their existing behavior.
For example, for a child the world is involved with physical objects and the scheme at the time is to put objects in their mouth. The second process that is branched off with Assimilation is accommodation. Accommodation focuses on adapting old schemes to process new information. An example of this is when a baby or child becomes older, they can come across a coffee table and realize that the object is to big to put in their mouths. This shows the old scheme and then accommodates changes the old scheme by putting their face at the corner of it and chewing on the corner piece. Piaget then comes up with the major periods or stages that humans have to grow through as they get older. The first stage is the sensorimotor period which was the stage from the ages 0-2. This stage he believes is...