An Introduction to Vygotsky

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Harry Daniels
Psychology Press, 2005 - Psychology - 322 pages
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Lev Vygotsky provided the twentieth century with an enticing mix of intellectual traditions within an attempt to provide an account of the social formation of the mind. His legacy is an exciting, but at times chaotic fusion of ideas. An Introduction to Vygotsky, Second Edition provides students with an accessible overview of his work, combining reprints of key journal and text articles with editorial commentary and helpful suggestions for further reading.

Harry Daniels considers the evolution of Vygotsky's work against a backdrop of political turmoil in the developing USSR. Major elements discussed include the use of the "culture" concept in social development theory and the implications of Vygotsky's theories for teaching, learning and assessment.

This second edition is revised and up-dated to provide a refreshing introduction to Vygotsky's work and the multi-disciplinary contribution he has made to twentieth century intellectual life. Academics and students at all levels will find this an essential key source of information.
  

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Contents

Introduction l
15
an introduction
33
an analysis of
81
Vygotsky
101
Dialogue difference and voice in the zone of proximal
125
Practice person social world
149
encapsulation of school learning
157
Social memory in Soviet thought
177
Putting culture in the middle
199
l0 The zone of proximal development as basis for instruction
227
Signifying in the zone of proximal development
253
l2 Social constructivist perspectives on teaching and learning
285
Index
315
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Harry Daniels is Professor of Education, Culture, and Pedagogy and Director of the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research at the University of Bath, UK. From 2002 to 2005 he has been Editor of the international journal Mind, Culture, and Activity. His research interests include sociocultural and activity theory, innovative learning in the workplace, special needs and social exclusion, and patient and career information seeking. In 2001, he published the book Vygotsky and Pedagogy, which has subsequently been translated into several languages.

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