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ERIC Number: ED496474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 235
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-5938-5491-9ISBN-978-1-59385-491-1
Vygotsky's Legacy: A Foundation for Research and Practice
Gredler, Margaret E.; Shields, Carolyn Claytor
Guilford Publications
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 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. This book may serve as a supplemental text in such courses as Principles of Educational Psychology, Cognition and Learning, and Learning Theories. Its intended audience are researchers and students in educational psychology, education, and cognitive psychology; and teacher educators. Following an (1) Introduction, this book divides into four parts and nine chapters. Part I, General Principles, contains: (2) Research Methods; (3) Cultural Signs and Symbols; and (4) Development of the Higher Psychological Functions. Part II, Major Cultural Signs, contains: (5) Speech and Cognitive Development; and (6) Development of Thinking in Concepts. Part III, The Cycle of Development, contains: (7) Structure and Dynamics of Age-Related Development; and (8) Development of World View and Personality. Part IV, Some Implications of Vygotsky's Theory, contains: (9) A New Way of Thinking. Appended are: (1) The Cross-Cultural Study; and (2) Shif's Research. The book also has a glossary.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
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