The Contribution of three Theorists in their early study of several development stages, the differences and similarities in their theories and significance of these stages
Since the 20th century development in psychology has undergone various changes. Many early theorists have had an influence in the psychology field. Some of the notable theorists like Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and Erick Erikson have had a great impact on child psychology. This paper delves into the contribution of these three theorists in their early study of several development stages, the differences and similarities in their theories and significance of these stages.
Jean Piaget’s cognitive development theory focuses on the stages of a child who transitions from one stage is followed by a sequence. Erick Erikson psychosocial development theory was developed later than Piaget’s. He dealt with the eight unique stages of a person’s life. Lev Vygotsky believed the socio-cultural environment was essential in cognitive development. He emphasizes the role of social interaction and instruction.
Erickson focuses on the whole development process, asserting how the environment interacts with an individual thereby influencing the development. Whereas Piaget’s theory of cognitive development takes an interest in a person’s thought process. He has special emphasis in an individual’s early years let’s say at the age of 12. Vygotsky has his different theory he proposes that in the roles of social interaction, a child’s development does not precede socialisation. The social structures and social relations have an impact in a person’s mental development and functions.
The similarity in the three theories is that they all examine issues of development psychology all describing these developments through phases. Every theorist declaring that each stage has its own different challenge in the development process. Hence, the successive stages are built on each other. To the extent that when one stage fails, the other stage also precipitates failure.
These three theorists have contributed widely in the field of development psychology, As much as they drew inspirations from different sources in the 20th century.
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