ERIC Number: ED253110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Language in the Development of Intelligence: Vygotsky Revisited.
Portes, P. R.
Vygotsky's views on how language is instrumental in bringing about advanced forms of intellectual functioning offer a researchable framework from which to study this development. Developmentalists in psychology and linguistics have focused for too long on continuities rather than on the process of change in mental growth. The study of the emergence and development of higher order intellectual processes holds the most promise of all of the scientific inquiries. The heuristic value of Vygotsky's theory lies in the potential for research on specific processes that influence intelligence. In the future, this knowledge could be applied in understanding different areas of exceptionality. It is a theory that addresses the complexity of interactions among developing biological, linguistic, and cognitive functions and provides a unique way of conceptualizing complex aspects of intelligence. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Vygotsky (Lev S)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984) and adapted from a presentation at the Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies on Language Policy and Social Problems (Curacao, Netherland Antilles, December 1983).