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The Essential Vygotsky : Vienna Circle Collection - Robert W. Rieber

The Essential Vygotsky

Vienna Circle Collection

By: Robert W. Rieber (Editor), David K. Robinson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd July 2004
ISBN: 9780306485527
Number Of Pages: 590

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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.

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"This book ... presents a selection of Vygotsky's writings that appeared in the six volumes of Collected Works published in 1987 - 1999 by Plenum Press. The editors see this volume as an introductory textbook that will give readers an idea of what Vygotsky's original writing is like. As such, The Essential Vygotsky serves a useful purpose of familiarizing those new to Vygotsky with the scope and depth of his work without overwhelming them." (Elena Bodrova, PsycCRITIQUES, August, 2005)

A Dialogue with Vygotskyp. 1
Problems of General Psychology: Thinking and Speech
Section introductionsp. 9
The Problem and the Method of Investigationp. 33
The Genetic Roots of Thinking and Speechp. 43
Thought and Wordp. 65
Perception and Its Development in Childhoodp. 111
Emotions and Their Development in Childhoodp. 125
References and Notes to Section Ip. 138
Fundamentals of Defectology (Abnormal Psychology and Learning Disabilities)
Section introductionp. 149
Introduction: The Fundamental Problems of Defectologyp. 153
The Difficult Childp. 177
The Dynamics of Child Characterp. 189
The Collective as a Factor in the Development of the Abnormal Childp. 201
Problems of the Theory and History of Psychology: Crisis in Psychology
Section introductionp. 221
The Historical Meaning of the Crisis in Psychology: A Methodological Investigationp. 227
The History of the Development of High Term Mental Functions: Exegesis of Vygotsky's Text
Section introductionp. 345
The Structure of Higher Mental Functionsp. 359
Mastering Attentionp. 375
Child Psychology: Vygotsky's Conception of Psychological Development
Section introductionp. 401
Development of Thinking and Formation of Concepts in the Adolescentp. 415
Dynamics and Structure of the Adolescent's Personalityp. 471
The Crisis at Age Sevenp. 491
Scientific Legacy: Tool and Sign in the Development of the Child
Section introductionp. 501
The Problem of Practical Intellect in the Psychology of Animals and the Psychology of the Childp. 513
The Function of Signs in the Development of Higher Mental Processesp. 539
Sign Operations and Organization of Mental Processesp. 551
Analysis of Sign Operations of the Childp. 557
Bibliography of Works about Vygotsky in Englishp. 571
Indexp. 581
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ISBN: 9780306485527
ISBN-10: 0306485524
Series: Vienna Circle Collection
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 590
Published: 22nd July 2004
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.12