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Mind in society : the development of higher psychological processes

Author: L S Vygotskiĭ; Michael Cole
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, [1978] ©1978
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The great Russian psychologist L.S. Vygotsky has long been recognized as a pioneer in developmental psychology. But somewhat ironically, his theory of development has never been well understood in the West. Mind in Society should correct much of this misunderstanding. Carefully edited by a group of outstanding Vygotsky scholars, the book presents a unique selection of Vygotsky s important essays, most of which have  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: L S Vygotskiĭ; Michael Cole
ISBN: 0674576284 9780674576285 0674576292 9780674576292 9780674076686 0674076680
OCLC Number: 3517053
Language Note: Translated from the Russian.
Description: xi, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Michael Cole and Sylvia Scribner --
Biographical note on L.S. Vygotsky --
Basic theory and data. Tool and symbol in child development ; The Development of perception and attention ; Mastery of memory and thinking ; Internalization of higher psychological functions ; Problems of method --
Educational implications. Interaction between learning and development ; The Role of play in development ; The Prehistory of written language --
Afterword / Vera John-Steiner and Ellen Souberman.
Responsibility: L.S. Vygotsky ; edited by Michael Cole, Vera John-Steiner, Sylvia Scribner, Ellen Souberman.
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Vygotsky has long been recognized as a pioneer in developmental psychology. But his theory of development has never been well understood in the West. Mind in Society corrects much of this  Read more...

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