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
1
1 The development of Vygotskys thought
32
2 LSVygotsky and contemporary developmental psychology
57
an analysis of the shared intellectual roots of George Herbert Mead and Lev Vygotsky
79
4 The concept of activity in Soviet psychology
99
5 Dialogue difference and voice in the zone of proximal development
122
6 Practice person social world1
145
7 Non scolae sed vitae discimus
153
8 Social memory in Soviet thought
173
9 Putting culture in the middle
195
10 The zone of proximal development as basis for instruction
223
11 Signifying in the zone of proximal development
248
12 Social constructivist perspectives on teaching and learning
279
Index
309
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Harry Daniels is Professor of Education: Culture and Pedagogy and Director of Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Research Theory at the University of Bath, UK.

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