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Strengths and weaknesses of Piaget's Strenghts The theory produced a new perspective, thus greatly contributing to developmental psychology. The view of the world of a child, as well as its study methods, changed. This prompted further research in the field by researchers who were therefore inspired by more understanding. The ideas of Piaget were widely used due to the emphasis on qualitative development in different fields of study, particularly education. This has facilitated communication as well as children's understanding. This has contributed to teaching strategies and educational programmes for children. Weakness The theory also has several weaknesses, however. In non-white European cultures, it tends to be culturally biassed, without taking into account how developmental stages may vary. It fails to recognise that for various cognitive tasks, some kids may experience development at different rates. Finally, the initial theory of Piaget was based on his own kids' observations, which is not only a small sample, but one that is inherently biassed. Strengths and weaknesses of the Vygotsky's theory Strength Vygotsky himself offered a good response about the advantages of his approach comparative with hypotheses that accept that a youngster can not work past a given degree of development

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