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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Lev Semenovich Vygotsky: Selected full-text books and articles

Studies on the History of Behavior: Ape, Primitive, and Child By L. S. Vygotsky; A. R. Luria; Victor I. Golod; Jane E. Knox Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993
Vygotsky and Pedagogy By Harry Daniels Routledge Falmer, 2001
Vygotsky's Educational Theory in Cultural Context By Alex Kozulin; Boris Gindis; Vladimir S. Ageyev; Suzanne M. Miller Cambridge University Press, 2003
Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions By 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"
Dialogic Inquiry: Towards a Sociocultural Practice and Theory of Education By 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'"
Contexts for Learning: Sociocultural Dynamics in Children's Development By 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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