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ERIC Number: EJ907713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
From Learning to Development: A Sociocultural Approach to Instruction
Eun, Barohny
Cambridge Journal of Education, v40 n4 p401-418 Dec 2010
Theories of human development and learning provide an essential framework in which to understand the mechanisms involved in the process of formal instruction as a specific form of teaching and learning in the school setting. The sociocultural theory of development, founded on the works of Lev Vygotsky, espouses the view that social interaction among two or more people is the greatest motivating force in human development. Communication, via the use of language, provides one of the most effective means of social interaction. By collaborating toward a common cultural goal, people co-construct new knowledge by building on each participant's contribution. Based on the main tenets of sociocultural theory, the following eight interrelated principles for instruction are presented, namely, that it should be: mediated; discursive; collaborative; responsive; contextualized; activity-oriented; developmental; and integrated. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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