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ERIC Number: EJ1070266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Vygotskian and Post-Vygotskian Views on Children's Play
Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J.
American Journal of Play, v7 n3 p371-388 Spr 2015
The authors argue that childhood played a special role in the cultural-historical theory of human culture and biosocial development made famous by Soviet psychologist Lev S. Vygotsky and his circle. Th?ey discuss how this school of thought has, in turn, influenced contemporary play studies. Vygotsky used early childhood to test and refi?ne his basic principles. He considered the make-believe play of pre-schoolers and kindergartners the means by which they overcame the impulsiveness of toddlers to develop the intentional behavior essential to higher mental functions. ?e authors explore the theory of play developed by Vygotsky's colleague Daniel Elkonin based on these basic principlies, as well as the implications for play in the work of such Vygotskians as Alexei Leontiv, Alexander Luria, and others, and how their work has been extended by more recent research. ?e authors also discuss the role of play in creating the Vygotsky school's "zone of proximal development." Like these researchers, old and new, the authors point to the need to teach young children how to play, but they caution teachers to allow play to remain a childhood activity instead of making it a lesson plan.
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Influences, Social History, Social Development, Biology, Young Children, Imagination, Child Behavior, Child Development, Theories, Child Psychology
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