Lev Semenovich Vygotsky

Vygotsky, Lev Semyonovich

Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky, 1896–1934, Russian psychologist. His most productive years were at the Institute of Psychology in Moscow (1924–34), where he expanded his ideas on cognitive development, particularly the relationship between language and thinking. His writings emphasized the roles of historical, cultural, and social factors in cognition and argued that language was the most important symbolic tool provided by society. His Thought and Language (1934) is a classic text in psycholinguistics.

See J. V. Wertsch, Vygotsky and the Social Formation of Mind (1985).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

An Introduction to Vygotsky
Harry Daniels.
Routledge, 1996
Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist
Fred Newman; Lois Holzman.
Routledge, 1993
Studies on the History of Behavior: Ape, Primitive, and Child
L. S. Vygotsky; A. R. Luria; Victor I. Golod; Jane E. Knox; Jane E. Knox; Victor I. Golod.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993
Vygotsky and Pedagogy
Harry Daniels.
Routledge Falmer, 2001
Vygotsky's Educational Theory in Cultural Context
Alex Kozulin; Boris Gindis; Vladimir S. Ageyev; Suzanne M. Miller.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Piaget, Vygotsky and Beyond: Future Issues for Developmental Psychology and Education
Leslie Smith; Julie Dockrell; Peter Tomlinson.
Routledge, 1997
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory and Contributions to the Development of Constructivist Curricula
Jaramillo, James A.
Education, Vol. 117, No. 1, Fall 1996
Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions
Barry J. Zimmerman; Dale H. Schunk.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Lev S. Vygotsky on Education: A Cultural-Historical, Interpersonal, and Individual Approach to Development"
Growing Critical: Alternatives to Developmental Psychology
John R. Morss.
Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Naturally Social: Vygotsky and the Social Context of Development"
Dialogic Inquiry: Towards a Sociocultural Practice and Theory of Education
Gordon Wells.
Cambridge University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "The Complementary Contributions of Halliday and Vygotsky to a 'Language-Based Theory of Learning'"
Theorizing Composition: A Critical Sourcebook of Theory and Scholarship in Contemporary Composition Studies
Mary Lynch Kennedy.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Vygotskian Theory" begins on p. 333
Cognitive Perspectives on Peer Learning
Angela M. O'Donnell; Alison King.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999
Contexts for Learning: Sociocultural Dynamics in Children's Development
Ellice A. Forman; Norris Minick; C. Addison Stone.
Oxford University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Vygotskian Perspective on Children's Collaborative Problem-Solving Activities"
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