Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist

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Lev Vygotsky was one of the most talented and brilliant of Soviet psychologists. Despite his tragically early death at the age of 38 his accomplishments are enormously impressive: he played a key role in restructuring the Psychological Institute of Moscow; set up two research laboratories in the major cities of the USSR; founded what we call special education; and authored some 180 works. His innovative theories of thought and speech are important not just for psychology but for other disciplines also. Yet even though his ideas have increasingly won popularity there remains a strong need for an accessible introduction to the man and his work. In Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist Lois Holzman and Fred Newman have written a clear introductory text suitable for undergraduate students. In so doing they have taken the opportunity to set straight the misunderstandings and misuses of Vygotsky's ideas. and his work

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415064422
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/10/1993
  • Series: Critical Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Vygotsky and psychology: a debate within a debate 5
The debate about psychology 9
Psychologist and/or methodologist 11
Interpretation-free science 12
2 The laboratory as methodology 19
Ecological validity: methodological challenge to the dominant paradigm 21
3 Practice: Vygotsky's tool-and-result methodology and psychology 32
Pragmatics 33
Setting up the debate 36
Practice 37
Changing totalities in everyday life 42
Revolutionary, practical-critical activity 46
Thought and language 47
4 The zone of proximal development: a psychological unit or a revolutionary unity? 55
The ZPD-in-use: the relationship between learning and development 55
Using and misusing the ZPD 66
Revolutionary unity 86
5 Playing in with the ZPD 94
Vygotsky at play 96
The writing game 103
6 Reform and revolution in the study of thinking and speech 111
Egocentric thought and egocentric speech 114
Thinking and speaking 126
Unequal partners in dialogue: another liberal reformist interpretation of Vygotsky 138
7 Completing the historical Vygotsky 146
Imitation 147
Vygotsky's practice: his life-as-lived 154
Completing Vygotsky 160
8 Logic and psychotherapy 176
The logic of systems and the logic of completion 177
Social therapy 191
Not an ending 198
Notes 200
Bibliography 220
Name index 232
Subject index 236
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