Cognition and development: Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories of cognitive development


A Level


5m 50s
In this podcast we’re going to discuss Piaget’s theory, with a special focus on schemas, assimilation, accommodation, equilibration and his stages of intellectual development. We’ll also be discussing Piaget’s concepts of object permanence, conservation, egocentrism and class inclusion.


Jean Marc Lawton


Piaget’s & Vygotsky’s theories of cognitive development - task


  • Listen to the podcast on Piaget’s & Vygotsky’s theories of cognitive development  and makes notes as you do, that will allow you to construct mind maps on the two following headings:

1] Piaget’s theory; including reference to functional invariants (the processes of adaptation & equilibration) and variant structures (schema & operations) and Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development

2] Vygotsky’s theory; including reference to the cultural level, the interpersonal level, the zone of proximal development, scaffolding and semiotics

  • You may find that you need to listen to the podcast more than once to achieve this

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