Vygotsky And Vygotsky : Early Childhood Development

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Amanda Rezzonico Piaget vs Vygotsky Early Childhood Development Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget are known in the educational world. Vygotsky and Piaget were developmental psychologists who had many of the same views and beliefs, but at the same time had opposing views. According to Jean Piaget “cognitive development was a repetitive reorganization of mental processes that derived from biological maturation in addition to environmental experiences’’ (McLeod, S. A. (2015). The child is able to grasp what is happening in the world, they are then able to distinguish what they have already learned as well as what they will discover. On the opposite side of this, Vygotsky had believed that the “socio-cultural environment is…show more content…
(1991). Although Lev Vygotsky’s main field of work was developmental psychology, he also had come up with a theory for higher cognitive functions in children (Lev Vygotsky. (2013). Encyclopedia of World). It was in this development that Vygotsky began to see the arrival of reasoning in a social environment through practical activity. In the beginning stages of his career, Vygotsky stood firm in his belief that the development of reasoning was brought about by the use of signs and symbols, and was contingent on cultural practices in addition to universal cognitive processes. Lev Vygotsky also conceived the concept of the Zone of Proximal Development, this happens when the student is able to complete tasks without any assistance. This fills the void for what learners can accomplish on their own and what they need support with (Blake&Pope,2008, p60). In today’s society, there is a disagreement among researchers and educators as to the role of developmental psychology and its application in elementary classrooms. “It is widely accepted in the educational field that children must go through the process of learning to think and thinking to learn” (Blake Pope). In classrooms there are a wide variety of strategies that can be applied. When the mind of a child is being engaged it becomes extremely beneficial to their education. If you have a child that does not question, answer, and use their imagination, it can come off as them being
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