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Question: Compare and contrast two developmental theories. Critically evaluate the similarities and differences between these theories.

Answer: There are many different theories in regards to developmental psychology. Theories of development offer a framework which enables people to think about learning and development (Sugarman, 2004). Human development does not just occur at childhood, it is a process which continues throughout the lifespan. Psychologists have varies different views on ways in which development occurs throughout life, this assignment will aim to compare and contrast Jean Piaget’s cognitive development theory and Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of development. Similarities and differences will be made between the two theories as well as critical evaluation. Piaget’s theory strongly focused on stages of development as well as assimilation and accommodation, whereas Vygotsky has three main themes with his theory; the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), social interaction and the more knowledgeable other...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: Early childhood studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1022
  • Date submitted: March 06, 2020
  • Date written: November, 2016
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8818

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