Vygotsky: A Man for All Seasons

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 161–163. Reviews the book, Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes by L. S. Vygotsky, Michael Cole, Vera John-Steiner, Sylvia Scribner, and Ellen Souberman (see record 1979-28227-000). Mind in Society is a collection consisting of translations of previously unpublished or inaccessible manuscripts. But the words collection and translation do not do justice to this fascinating book. Vygotsky's aim was to map out a theory of psychology, certain tenets of which he bolstered with sporadic but intriguing demonstration studies. Vygotsky's work can be appreciated not only as a historical achievement, but as a truly contemporary contribution. This book brings a living sense of the excitement of Vygotsky's thinking. This book is divided into two parts, “Basic Theory and Data” and “Educational Implications,”. In summary, this is a landmark book, compulsory reading for students of developmental and adult cognition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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