ERIC Number: ED529565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
An Overview of the Life, Central Concepts, Including Classroom Applications of Lev Vygotsky
Costley, Kevin C.
Lev Vygotsky is no doubt one of the leading educational theorists in history. His theories have been used to guide teaching and learning in public school classrooms for over a century. Vygotsky was considered to be one of the most creative psychologists of the twentieth century. This article covers a brief accounting of his birth, life experiences, and pursuits. This article explains some of Vygotsky's monumental theories. His theories focus on the importance of children learning from immediate models in their lives. Children learn to imitate appropriate behaviors. Children also imitate inappropriate behaviors; thus, it is vital for children to be exposed to healthy role models. Vygotsky emphasizes the concept of children interacting with the environment. Young children learn from hands-on experiences and social interaction with others. The theorist emphasizes the importance of social interaction in the acquisition of language development. Other Vygotsky theories are discussed in this article in addition to suggestions on how to apply Vygotsky's theories in the classroom. This article is a brief overview to stimulate interest in Vygotsky's theorist and lead the reader into exploring his theories in more detail.
Descriptors: Role Models, Psychologists, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Classroom Environment, Language Acquisition, Children, Child Development, Constructivism (Learning), Biographies, Epistemology, Learning Theories, Educational History, Educational Theories, Sociocultural Patterns, Learning Activities, Cognitive Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A