Vygotsky for Educators

Vygotsky for Educators

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Yuriy V. Karpov
Cambridge University Press, 6/9/2014
EAN 9781107065420, ISBN10: 1107065429

Hardcover, 260 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

Lev Vygotsky's approach to children's learning and development centers on adult mediation: adults engage children in age-appropriate activities and promote in this context the development of new motives and tools for thinking, problem solving, and self-regulation. Although this approach has earned widespread recognition in the global scientific community, English-speaking educators remain relatively unfamiliar with its contemporary elaborations for practical application. Yuriy V. Karpov offers the first comprehensive English introduction to contemporary elaborations of Vygotsky's ideas and their practical applications from birth through adolescence. He demonstrates the advantages of the Vygotskian approach over both traditional and constructivist education. This volume will prove an invaluable resource for educators and students in teacher education programs, as well as for everyone interested in educational and developmental psychology.

'there is nothing more practical than a good theory'
Part I. Mediation from Birth through Adolescence
1. The Vygotskian notion of mediation as the major determinant of children's learning and development
2. First year of life
infant-caregiver attachment as the foundation of further development
3. Second and third years
from object-centered explorations to exploration of the world of social roles and relationships
4. Three- to six-year-olds
why sociodramatic play is important and how to promote it
5. Mediation of preschoolers' activities to promote school readiness
6. Learning at school
children not only learn, they develop as well
7. Understand adolescents and make a difference!
Part II. School
What to Teach, and How to Teach
8. American cognitive psychologists and Russian Vygotskians about the content and process of learning at school
9. What do students learn in 'traditional' schools?
10. Does constructivist instruction present a good alternative to 'traditional' teaching?
11. The Vygotskian theoretical learning approach as an alternative to 'traditional' explicit instruction and to constructivist instruction
don't blame it on genes!