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P.Y. Galperin's Development of Human Mental Activity

Lectures in Educational Psychology

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  • Presents P. Galperin’s study on the development of human mental activity and pedagogical theory
  • Includes the original text of Lectures in Psychology by P. Galperin
  • Outlines Galperin’s central ideas in light of current concerns for educational research and practice
  • Presents the continuity of research of Vygotsky, Leontiev, Galperin and Davydov

Part of the book series: Cultural Psychology of Education (CPED, volume 14)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)


About this book

This open access book introduces the legacy of Piotr Galperin to a wider audience of researchers, educators and psychologists.  Previous translations of Galperin’s work present only some aspects of his conceptual thinking; however, his main contribution to the general, genetic and pedagogical psychology as a unique holistic and systemic approach to studying of psychological phenomena and processes, mechanisms of their formation and development, is still quite unknown in most parts of the world.

The eight lectures chosen for the book have been translated from Russian for the first time, and they belong to the Study of the Formation of Human Mental Activity from Galperin’s collection of the Lectures in Psychology (Galperin, 2002). These eight lectures present the central ideas of Galperin’s pedagogical theory, and they conceptualise learning to learn approach and argue how teaching and learning process can enhance the development of higher mental functions with learnersand therefore enhance the development of students as learners. These ideas may be of primary importance to educational practitioners and researchers interested in developmental learning and teaching approach given the current concerns of educational practice that schools struggle to prepare students for their adult and the need to develop the capacity in lifelong learning with students in the 21st century.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Education, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway

    Irina Engeness

About the author

Irina Engeness is Associate Professor in ICT in Education at the Faculty of Education, Østfold University College in Norway. She has written about learning and teaching with digital technology, Lev Vygotsky and Piort Galperin pedagogical theory. Her research interests include the complexity of learning and teaching with digital technology and how digital and other resources can enhance students’ agentic capacity in learning to learn.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: P.Y. Galperin's Development of Human Mental Activity

  • Book Subtitle: Lectures in Educational Psychology

  • Authors: Irina Engeness

  • Series Title: Cultural Psychology of Education

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-64021-7Published: 16 December 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-64024-8Published: 25 January 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-64022-4Published: 15 December 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2364-6780

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-6799

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: LX, 126

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations

  • Additional Information: Translation of selected lectures of Lekcii po psikhologii, Galperin, P.Y. (2002)

  • Topics: Educational Psychology, Educational Philosophy, Learning & Instruction

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