Extra Credit Opportunity: Piaget vs. Vygotsky

Posted on February 6, 2018


Another cognitive psychologist who was interested with how children learn was Lev Vygotsky, who focused on sociocultural cognitive development. Inexplicably he’s not really featured much in your textbook; he will, probably, be featured on the AP Psych exam.

Please watch this video – it’s brief:

Next, please read this comparison between Piaget and Vygotsky’s theories. Most of it focuses on Piaget, so if you need more information on Vygotsky, please see here.

Finally, read this journal article by Vera John-Steiner and Holbrook Mahn regarding sociocultural learning. It is lengthy, but the last several pages are references, so that’s fine.

For your extra credit, I would like a two to three page comparison between the two psychologists’ theories, a summary of which theory you personally find more feasible, and then a critique of the journal article. This will be due on Tuesday, February 9th.