Vygotsky's Legacy: A Foundation for Research and Practice

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Guilford Press, 2008 - Education - 242 pages
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Most educators are familiar with Lev Vygotsky's concept of the "zone of proximal development," yet the bulk of Vygotsky's pioneering theory of cognitive development largely remains unknown. This unique volume provides a systematic, authoritative overview of Vygotsky's work and its implications for educational research and practice. Major topics include how children develop higher-order thinking; the influences on cognitive development of teacher-student interactions, the family, and culture; and critical and stable periods in development from infancy through adolescence. Key concepts and research methods are explained in detail, and classroom examples and instructional suggestions are provided.

 

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More work needs to be done on children and their relationship with the imaginal and how this informs our understanding of the adult and their relationship with the spiritual: The fruit is ideal as ideation realized.

Contents

Research Methods
23
Cultural Signs and Symbols
49
Development of the Higher Psychological Functions
74
Speech and Cognitive Development
99
Development of Thinking in Concepts
126
Structure and Dynamics of AgeRelated Development
153
Development of World View and Personality
175
A New Way of Thinking
201
Glossary 221
227
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Margaret E. Gredler, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology and Research at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Gredler?s articles and presented papers address applications of learning theory and self-directed learning. Learning and Instruction: Theory into Practice, her book on learning theories and related instructional strategies, is in its fifth edition.

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Carolyn Claytor Shields, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Dr. Shields teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in educational psychology, human growth and development, and research. Her research interests include learning theories and their educational applications and methods for developing conceptual thinking.

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