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Mind in Society: Development of Higher Psychological Processes

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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 Vygotsky's 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 Vygotsky's relevance to modem psychological thought.

About the Author

Michael Cole is Professor of Communication and Psychology and Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction [Michael Cole and Sylvia Scribner]
  • Biographical Note on L. S. Vygotsky
  • Basic Theory and Data
    • 1. Tool and Symbol in Child Development
    • 2. The Development of Perception and Attention
    • 3. Mastery of Memory and Thinking
    • 4. Internalization of Higher Psychological Functions
    • 5. Problems of Method
  • Educational Implications
    • 6. Interaction between Learning and Development
    • 7. The Role of Play in Development
    • 8. The Prehistory of Written Language
  • Afterword [Vera John-Steiner and Ellen Souberman]
  • Notes
  • Vygotsky’s Works
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674576292
Editor:
John-Steiner, Vera
Author:
Vygotsky, L. S.
Edited:
Cole, Vygotsky, L. S., Michael
Edited:
Scribner, John-Steiner, Cole, Vygotsky, L. S., Michael, Vera, Sylvia
Edited:
Souberman, Scribner, John-Steiner, Cole, Vygotsky, L. S., Michael, Vera, Sylvia, Ellen
Author:
Scribner, Sylvia
Author:
Souberman, Ellen
Author:
Vygotsky, S.
Author:
Cole, Michael
Author:
Vygotskii, L. S.
Author:
John-Steiner, Vera
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Child Psychology
Subject:
Cognition
Subject:
Cognition in children
Subject:
Methodology x
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent
Subject:
Movements - Behaviorism
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones, 4 line illustrations
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 7 oz

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