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How would Vygotsky describe the changes in cognition that occur during the primary years? How does this differ from Piaget's description of growth during this period?
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Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective


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Suggested Responses: Students should describe the change in self-directed speech: children begin to direct themselves internally through verbal thought. Students should explain that the zone of proximal development is still a relevant concept and that adults and older or more advanced peers can help younger or less advanced children learn by using scaffolding. Students should note that while both Piaget and Vygotsky described important cognitive developments during childhood, Vygotsky placed more focus on the contributions of language and social interaction to cognitive development. Piaget, in contrast, described specific cognitive skills that children achieve during the concrete operational period, without considering in great detail the contributions of social interaction.
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