Vygotsky's Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Vygotsky’s Developmental and
Educational Psychology
Lev Vygotsky (1896–1934) was one of the most significant and influential psychologists of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, true appreciation of his theories has been hindered by a lack of understanding of the background to his thought.Vygotsky’s Developmental and Educational Psychology aims to demonstrate how we can come to a new and original understanding of Vygotsky’s theories through knowledge of their cultural, philosophical and historical context. Beginning with the main philosophical influences of Marxist and Hegelian thought, this book leads the reader through Vygotsky’s life and the development of his thought. Central areas covered include:
The child
Motivation and cognition
The relevance of Vygotsky’s theories to current research in developmental psychology.

This comprehensive survey of Vygotsky’s thought will prove an invaluable resource for those studying developmental psychology or education.

Peter E. Langford is a freelance psychologist, previously affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London, the University of Tasmania, and La Trobe University, Australia.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Vygotsky’s Developmental and Educational Psychology i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Figures vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • 1- Introduction 1
  • Part I - The Theory 9
  • 2- Life and Early Work 11
  • 3- Biological and Historical Development, 1928–31 27
  • 4- The Child, 1928–31 43
  • 5- Biological and Historical Development, 1932–34 81
  • 6- The Child, 1932–34 89
  • Part II - Application and Interpretation 121
  • 7- Vygotsky and Education 123
  • 8- Interpretations 149
  • Part III - Origins 155
  • 9- Vygotsky’s Sources 157
  • 10- Method 165
  • Part IV - Prospects and Problems 175
  • 11- Supportive and Neutral Empirical Findings 177
  • 12- Empirical Problems 205
  • 13- Extensions and Comparisons 223
  • Part V - Conclusions 243
  • 14- Conclusions 245
  • References 253
  • Author Index 289
  • Subject Index 295
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