Psychological tools : a sociocultural approach to education

Alex Kozulin

The concept of "psychological tools" is a cornerstone of L.S. Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of cognitive development. Psychological tools are the symbolic cultural artifacts - signs, symbols, text, formulae and language - that enables people to master psychological functions such as memory, perception, and attention. This text argues that the concept offers a way to analyze cross-cultural differences in thought and to develop practical strategies for educating immigrant children from widely different cultures. Alex Kozulin offers an overview of Vygotsky's theory, which argues that conciousness arises from communication as civilization transforms "natural" psychological functions into "cultural" ones. He compares sociocultural theory to other innovative approaches to learning.

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  • Preface Introduction The Concept of Psychological Activity Piaget, Vygotsky, and the Cognitive Revolution The Mediated Learning Experience and Psychological Tools Cognitive Education Cognitive Skills in Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Students Literature as a Psychological Tool The Challenges of Prospective Education References Acknowledgments Index

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書名 Psychological tools : a sociocultural approach to education
著作者等 Kozulin, Alex
出版元 Harvard University Press
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 viii, 182 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0674007085
NCID BA39352236
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国