Learning, Development, and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

  • Wolff-Michael Roth
  • Maria Inês Mafra Goulart
  • Katerina Plakitsi
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 6)


In this chapter, we (a) contextualize early childhood science and (b) outline the foundation of our approach: cultural-historical activity. We focus on the dynamic aspects of the theory, as A. N. Leont’ev originally presented it and as it was subsequently further developed by Russian (Il’enkov, Mikhailov) and Western scholars (Holzkamp, Dreier, Nissen). The dynamic aspects of (social, material) reality require dialectical concepts to be captured at the ideal level. We introduce the idea of dialectical concepts that are characterized by inner contradictions that are precisely reflections of the dynamic aspects of life that we experience and observe.


Human Consciousness Minimal Unit Materialist Dialectic Ideal Reflection Dialectical Logic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolff-Michael Roth
    • 1
  • Maria Inês Mafra Goulart
    • 2
  • Katerina Plakitsi
    • 3
  1. 1.Griffith Institute for Educational ResearchGriffith UniversityMt GravattAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of IoanninaIoanninaGreece

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