How would you compare the ideas of Vygotsky and Piaget?How would you compare the ideas of Vygotsky and Piaget?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are some areas of their theories that are very similar.  Both of them postulated that children move from instinctual or inborn views of the world to views based on what is acceptable culturally or in the society in which they exist.

According to Vygotsky, children develop an abstract understanding of things outside of themselves through play.  An example in the article linked below describes a child wanting to ride a horse and at a young age simply getting upset.  Later on, the child might pretend to ride a horse by straddling a stick until, as the child grows even older, he no longer needs this type of play.

According to Piaget, the child learns this order of things by reflecting on their own actions and in doing so beginning to determine what is right and wrong or acceptable according to the world around them.

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There are some areas of their theories that are very similar.  Both of them postulated that children move from instinctual or inborn views of the world to views based on what is acceptable culturally or in the society in which they exist.

According to Vygotsky, children develop an abstract understanding of things outside of themselves through play.  An example in the article linked below describes a child wanting to ride a horse and at a young age simply getting upset.  Later on, the child might pretend to ride a horse by straddling a stick until, as the child grows even older, he no longer needs this type of play.

According to Piaget, the child learns this order of things by reflecting on their own actions and in doing so beginning to determine what is right and wrong or acceptable according to the world around them.

In paragraph 2 above, you mention "in the article linked below," but there is no link that is showing.  Could you repost this link? 

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