Pioneers: Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky?

Written by: Estelle Martin
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Here, we take a closer look at Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, two of the most in uential gures in the history of early childhood education whose in uence is still felt today.

Key points

  • Piaget believed that children experienced four developmental stages.
  • Consider the similarities and differences between Piaget and Vygotsky – they were both constructivist in their theories about how children learn.
  • Collaboration between learners and being able to learn cooperatively with others is at the centre of Vygotsky’s approach to children’s learning and successful development.

Note: This article was first published in the December 2007 edition of eye


In the third of this series on early years pioneers, we look at the work and influence of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, two psychologists whose work has had far reaching influence around the world.

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