Vygotsky's Developmental Theory : An Introduction

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  • The work of Lev Vygotsky is cited as the theory and practice of constructivist education. This program reconsiders the life, vocabulary, and concepts of Vygotsky, illustrating four basic concepts integral to his work: children construct knowledge, learning can lead development, development cannot be separated from its social context, and language plays a central role in cognitive development. Elena Bodrova brings an easy familiarity to these concepts, while Deborah Leong's commentary and lively classroom examples will enable students, teachers in training, and classroom teachers to incorporate these concepts into their understanding of child development.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 31, 2011.
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  • Separating and Sorting Shapes (2:48) -- Life if Vygotsky (2:02) -- Lev Vygotsky's Concepts (2:04) -- Children Construct Knowledge (2:40) -- Learning Can Lead Development (4:18) -- Implications of the Zone of Proximal Development (4:25) -- Development and Social Context (3:37) -- Role of Language in Mental Development (3:12) -- Aim of Vygotsky's Educational Practices (0:50) -- Credits: Vygotsky's Developmental Theory: An Introduction (1:23)
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