Psychology

Psychology

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Name:           Trymore Maposa
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Reg No: R09135w
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Level:                         4.1(Conventional)
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Module:             African Psychology (PSY 404)
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Lecturer: Mr. Mtemeri J.
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Assignment: Compare and contrast the concept formation according to Piaget and Vygotsky. How applicable are their theories to the African context.
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Due Date: 15 March 2012

Concept formation according to Muthivhi, (2009) refers to the development of ideas based on the common properties of objects, events or qualities using the process of abstraction. Jean Piaget (1896-1980) and Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) proposed the classical constructivist theories of concept formation or cognitive development. Their contributions to developmental psychology, albeit different, are similarly remarkable and unique. These two theories have some noted resemblances and differences. This essay will give an overview of these two theories, outlining their similarities and differences and their applicability to the African context with special reference to the Zimbabwean context.

In Jean Piaget’s research, the main goal was to answer the question, “How does knowledge grow?” according to Driscoll, (1994).   He did this through genetic epistemology...

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