Vygotsky 's Theory Of Cognitive Development

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Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development & the Biopsychosocial Framework
In researching various development theories, one of those that stand out is cognitive development theory. Cognitive development theory studies “how people think and how thinking changes over time” (Kail & Cavanaugh, 14). One of the leading theorists in this area was Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky. He was one of the first theorists to consider the sociocultural influences on a child’s development. His research allowed the development of key concepts that have been proven useful to educators as they have incorporated them within their teaching methods. Not only have these concepts helped children develop new skills, but also have made teachers more effective in the classroom. In considering the sociocultural influences on development, Vygotsky emphasized the importance of social interaction and imaginative play. He determined that these two factors made sizeable contributions in cognitive development in children.
In looking at the influence of social interaction on development, he felt that these type of interactions helped children make discoveries and create meanings based on those things discovered. Many of these social interactions take place with someone more skilled, such as a teacher or parent. The child then is able to follow instructions given by the more skilled individual or else emulate their actions. This process involves making observations, following instructions, copying,…
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