Compare And Contrast Essay

1110 words - 4 pages

Professor Vogl

Cognitive Psychology

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 where the infant did not have language or thought in the early stage because their understanding to reality was absent. The next stage that comes as the sensorimotor period is the preoperational periods which were between the ages of 2-7. In this stage, language development is the main characteristic in this stage. Piaget believed that in this stage children are unable to understand concrete logic and also they are unable to see another person's point of view because if the child cannot see you then the child believes you cannot see them either, which was called egocentrism. The third stage is concrete operations which is the ages 7-11. In this stage, Piaget believed that children were getting better understanding with logic. Children would start to think a lot better logically but then it was difficult for them to understand abstract concepts. This stage is also the stage where the development of reversibility of thought is taken place....

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