Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes

Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes

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Genres: Psychology, Education, Nonfiction, Philosophy

Language: English

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The great Russian psychologist L. S. Vygotsky has long been recognized as a pioneer in developmental psychology. But somewhat ironically, his theory of development has never been well understood in the West. Mind in Society should correct much of this misunderstanding. Carefully edited by a group of outstanding Vygotsky scholars, the book presents a unique selection of Vygotskys important essays, most of which have previously been unavailable in English. The Vygotsky who emerges from these pages can no longer be glibly included among the neobehaviorists. In these essays he outlines a dialectical-materialist theory of cognitive development that anticipates much recent work in American social science. The mind, Vygotsky argues, cannot be understood in isolation from the surrounding society. Man is the only animal who uses tools to alter his own inner world as well as the world around him. From the handkerchief knotted as a simple mnemonic device to the complexities of symbolic language, society provides the individual with technology that can be used to shape the private processes of mind. In Mind in Society Vygotsky applies this theoretical framework to the development of perception, attention, memory, language, and play, and he examines its implications for education. The result is a remarkably interesting book that is bound to renew Vygotskys relevance to modem psychological thought.

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  •    Dashicage Haulier
    2020
    I am a pre-service high school teacher, and I have heard a lot about Vygotsky, especially in my classes on Second Language Acquisition (SLA). I wanted to go straight to the source in order to understand the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) and other educational implications of Vygtosky's theory.

    Reading the chapter on development and learning really helped me understand what the ZPD is. Now I know that we need to assess students in a way that shows us not just what they know, but what they are beginning to learn. In other chapters found some useful points about the importance of mediation (tools and signs) and how that ability is unique to human development.

    That being said, this book was difficult to get through. Some of his ideas were difficult to understand or not relevant to a high school teacher. I have never taken a psychology class, and I know that made his technical discussions more difficult. And for a lay person like me, the introduction and afterword (not written by Vygotsky) were completely incomprehensible! I'm glad I read this book so that I can cite the source of what the ZPD is and means. However, I think I need to find a book that makes Vygotsky accessible to teachers if I'm going to continue studying his work.
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