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Piaget vs. Vygotsky Cognitive Constructivism Essay

… Unlike Piaget, Vygotsky addressed the social and cultural influences that children have in their cognitive development (Davies, 2004). Quite different from what Piaget thought, Vygotsky emphasized the importance of the roles that older individuals play on the cognitive development of children. He thought that interaction with adults, such as parents, teachers, and older children, allowed them to learn what their role would be. He believed that children once getting help from these older figures, would eventually learn to think on their own and be able to function intellectually without the assistance of anyone (Palincsar, 1998). With babies, he thought that they were born with innate capabilities to understand and learn form the people around them, but in the end, their cognitive development was due to…. [read more]

Theories Comparing Term Paper

… With use of some of his theories, teachers may produce results in their students because they cater their teaching practices to the differences in intellectual development depending on the age of their student.

Vygotsky's major written works were composed over approximately a decade and consist of six volumes. His lifetime was not as long as Piaget's, not even reaching age 40 before death, yet his popularity was great and he was well-known during his brief lifetime. He made innovations in areas regarding the psychology of art, psychology methodology, methods of learning, and interpersonal communication. He was much more of a socioculturalist.

Vygotsky is best known for being an educational psychologist with a sociocultural theory. This theory suggests that social interaction leads to continuous step-by-step changes…. [read more]

Theoretical Approaches to Learning Term Paper

… 6. Young adult: 18 to 35

Intimacy and Solidarity vs. Isolation - Love

At this stage, young adults tend to seek deeper relationships and satisfying partnerships and if they have failed relationships or are unable to develop positive social connections, isolation may occur.

7. Middle-aged Adult: 35 to 55 or 65

Generativity vs. Self absorption or Stagnation - Care

There is a sense of responsibility towards family and the greater society and individuals begin to work productively towards a higher goal of generativity and learn to build better families and social lives. Failing this stagnation and self absorption may occur.

8. Late Adult: 55 or 65 to Death

Integrity vs. Despair - Wisdom

Individuals want to reflect on life with a feeling of contentment and…. [read more]

Pedagogic Model: Teaching Technology in Special Education Dissertation

… " (Dougiamas, 1998) Such trivial constructivism, though, is the bedrock from which Glaserfelds more radical constructivism springs. He continues to state that because knowledge is constructed by the learner, and because no two learners are the same, knowledge itself is not absolute. There is a degree to which knowledge is an illusion, and every individual constructs their own conception of reality which (while susceptible to the demands of "real" or normal reality) does not necessarily align with the normal paradigm. Constructivism does embrace this relativistic and existential approach to reality, but it also holds as a primary value the idea of constraint which enables the thinkers to participate in social interaction and mainstream reality. (Glasersfeld)

One interesting area of constructionist theory is…. [read more]

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