Exploring Cognitivist Theories

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Cognitive theory is concerned with the development of a person’s thought process. Cognitive theory influences how one understands and interacts with the world. Cognitive Theorist Paiget, proposed an idea that served information on the development to account for the steps and sequence of children’s intellect differently than adults. This paper will compare and contrast the 3 cognitivist theories: Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory, Vygotsky’s Socio Cultural Cognitive Theory and the Information Processing Approach in Kermit and the Keyboard.

Exploring Cognitivist Theories

Humans can generate knowledge and meaning through sequential development of individual cognitive abilities. The cognitive abilities can apply, analyze, reflect, recall, create, understand and evaluate. This is considered Cognitivists in Education. Cognitivists Paiget, Bruner and Vygotsky came up with a learning process that was enticed to learning techniques, procedure, organization and structure to develop internal cognitive structure that strengthen the brain.

Paiget’s Cognitive Development Theory

An important theory of cognitive development was proposed by psychologist Jean Paiget. His theory states that through four stages of cognitive development, children can actively construct their understanding of the world. Organization and Adaptation are two processes of cognitive construction in the world. To understand the world, one must organize their own experience. For example, most people detach significant ideas from less significant ideas. Letting an individual to connect one idea to another, allowing them to arrange their reviews and life events. People often adapt thinking to incorporate new ideas because extra information expanding their understandi...

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...istake one day and never went back over to fix the mistake; he was constantly making the same mistake. Information processing theory plays a huge role in this story.

Each cognitive theory has its effect on the human mind and how individuals intake information. Their subscription include an importance on the vital building of comprehension. All theories give less attention to individual variation. Paiget’s and Vygotsky’s Socio-cultural Cognitive Theory were very similar. Both believed that children actively construct their knowledge. Kermit (Kermit and the Keyboard) would constantly practice a song and the more mistakes he made, the more he wanted to quit the song selection. According to Paiget’s theory, because Kermit is an adult he has reached the formal stage of development. That led to an exercise in formal operational thinking.

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