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ERIC Number: EJ1138861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1838-0689
Play and Its Role in the Mental Development of the Child
Vygotsky, L. S.
International Research in Early Childhood Education, v7 n2 p3-25 2016
Vygotsky's seminal text on play was originally given as a lecture at the Herzen Pedagogical Institute in Leningrad in 1933, and is consequently a relatively late work. It is thanks to a stenographic record of the lecture that this text, a key influence on psychological research on play, has survived. This was Vygotsky's major work on play and despite its brevity it has continued to resonate in all discussions of play ever since its publication. But in fact it was not published, or translated into English, until more than 30 years after it was originally delivered. The history of the publication of Vygotsky's lecture is presented in this article, along with a translated version of the lecture. [Translated in 2015 by Nikolai Veresov (Australia) and Myra Barrs (United Kingdom).]
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Language: English
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