Vygotsky, Lev

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  • Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) developed a cultural-historical (aka sociocultural) theory of human development and learning in postrevolutionary Russia on the foundation of Marxist dialectical philosophy and its sociopolitical ethos. Although original works date back to the 1920s and 1930s, this theory went through exponential growth first in Vygotsky's own research school in the Soviet Union (works by A. N. Leontiev, A. R. Luria, and others that extended through the 1980s) and later internationally. Its unique vision of human development, mind, language, and learning has radical, and quite contemporary, implications that resonate with recently influential situated, collaborative, embodied, and distributed cognition theories, dynamic systems theory, and others. Vygotsky's ideas about cultural mediation and the relationship between thinking and speech directly impacted many influential theories such as ...

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