The Psychology of Cognitive Development


  1. Introduction and overview
  2. Piaget’s theory: the child as  scientist
  3. Schemas  (or schemata)
  4. Assimilation, accommodation and equilibration 
  5. Stages of cognitive development
  6. The sensorimotor stage 
  7. The pre-operational stage
  8. The concrete operational stage 
  9. The formal operational stage
  10. An evaluation of Piaget’s  theory
  11. Meet the Researcher: Vasudevi Reddy 
  12. Applying Piaget’s theory to education 
  13. Vygotsky’s theory: the child as apprentice 
  14. The cultural level
  15. The interpersonal level
  16. Internalisation and the social nature of thinking 
  17. Scaffolding and the zone of proximal development (ZPD) 
  18. An evaluation of Vygotsky’s  theory
  19. Applying Vygotsky’s theory to education
  20. Bruner’s theory
  21. Similarities and differences between Bruner, Piaget and Vygotsky 
  22. The impact of culture
  23. An evaluation of Bruner ’s theory 
  24. Applying Bruner ’s theory to education 
  25. The information-processing approach 
  26. Conclusions
  27. Summary


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