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Unformatted text preview: Vygotsky ’ s Theory of Cognitive Development Dr. Leilani Brown Lev Vygotsky A Russian theorist who is known for his emphasis on the importance of language and culture in child development. He passed away at a young age, before realizing how important his work would become in the modern Western world. His work continues to have a great positive influence on early childhood education. Vygotsky ’ s Sociocultural Theory Stresses the social context of cognitive development. The rapid growth of language in early childhood helps preschoolers learn culturally important tasks. Speaking and communicating with each other helps young children engage in more complex thinking. It also helps with controlling emotions and behavior. Private Speech Piaget believed private speech to be egocentric. Vygotsky disagreed with this position. He suggested that children talk to themselves for self- guidance. Language helps children to think about their mental activities and behavior. Self-talk also helps children choose a path of action. Functions of Private Speech Vygotsky viewed language as a foundation...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course FAMR 230 taught by Professor Brown,l during the Spring '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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