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The Essential Vygotsky

  • Robert W. Rieber
  • David K. Robinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. A Dialogue with Vygotsky

    1. Robert W. Rieber
      Pages 1-8
  3. Introduction to Thinking and Speech

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-31
    2. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 33-42
    3. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 43-63
    4. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 65-110
    5. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 111-123
    6. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 125-138
  4. Fundamentals of Defectology (Abnormal Psychology and Learning Disabilities)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-152
    2. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 153-175
    3. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 177-187
    4. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 189-199
    5. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 201-219
  5. Problems of the Theory and History of Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-225
    2. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 227-343
  6. The History of the Development of Higher Mental Functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-357
    2. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 359-373
    3. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 375-400
  7. Child Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-413
    2. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 415-470
    3. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 471-490
    4. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 491-499
  8. Scientific Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-512
    2. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 539-550
    3. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 551-556
    4. Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
      Pages 557-569
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 571-589

About this book

Introduction

Seventy years after his death, the visionary work of Lev Semenovich Vygotsky (1896-1934) continues to have a profound impact on psychology, sociology, education, and other varied disciplines. The Essential Vygotsky selects the most significant writings from all phases of his work, and material from all six volumes of his Collected Works, so that readers can introduce themselves to the pioneering concepts developed by this influential Russian therapist, scholar, and cultural theorist, including:

• The cultural-historical approach
• The role of language in creating the mind
• The development of memory and perception
• Defectology (abnormal psychology/learning disabilities/special education)
• The Zone of Proximal Development

Each section features an insightful introduction exploring relevant aspects of Vygotsky’s life and illuminating the revolutionary historical context in which these writings were conceived. Together, they reflect the studies he was conducting at the time of his death and the pathbreaking clinical observations that made his reputation.

For years, these papers were available mainly in hastily translated underground editions; now The Essential Vygotsky distills them into their most accessible form. Readers will be impressed and inspired by his insights, his optimism, his prescience, and his humanity.

These papers are particularly relevant for students of developmental psychology, language, special education, and the history of these fields.

Keywords

Perception Thought attention language learning mind psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Rieber
    • 1
  • David K. Robinson
    • 2
  1. 1.City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Truman State UniversityKirksvilleUSA

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