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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind in Society
An easier read than I thought it would be and not too heavy going. Very informative and interesting!
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by Penelope B. Beeson

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Vygotsky paints a very interesting picture of child development and how thought and language are linked. He makes a point that the child's use of language is a direct mirror of the child's thought processes, the link is so strong that without speech there is no thought, as we develop further language is internalised.

His zone of proximal development is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind in Society, 6 Nov 2010
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An easier read than I thought it would be and not too heavy going. Very informative and interesting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for psychology professionals, 10 Feb 2013
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As is so often the case, it is so illuminating to read the 'original' rather than hand-me-down versions in more recent texts. This is especially true of Vygotsky whose true alignment to Piaget's theorizing is too easily overlooked and simplified. Reading this book corrects a lot of impressions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for psychologists and educators, 7 Mar 2009
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There is no need to say much about 'Mind in Society'. It is an essential reading for every psychologist and educator. This great Russian wrote this brilliant book years ago and nobody gave him the credit he deserved until the 60s, I believe. All parents should read as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal work, 8 Jan 2014
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This is a foundational book. Vygotskys work underpins much of our current understanding of the learning process. Any teacher or psychologist who wants to understand how we learn should start here. Excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A psychology necessity., 22 Dec 2013
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The book that every psychologist should read. Sets the scene brilliantly and in an easy to follow text. A must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 2, 25 Mar 2013
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This book arrived very swiftly in great condition. I found it very useful for coursework and its size makes it easy to carry around during study. Very pleased all round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing, 7 Oct 2013
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Forget anything you know about psychology and psychoanalysis and get ready to have a glimpse at how the human "higher psychological processes" are shaped at the interface of inner (biological) and outer (societal) stimuli. The first half of the book is quite difficult for the non-expert (like myself) but definitely worthwhile the effort. An extremely rewarding reading that will shake your understanding of how your brain works.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dont use a quote unless you understand the source, 19 Mar 2013
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Vygotsky paints a very interesting picture of child development and how thought and language are linked. He makes a point that the child's use of language is a direct mirror of the child's thought processes, the link is so strong that without speech there is no thought, as we develop further language is internalised.

His zone of proximal development is intriguing, the idea centres on the actual potential to develop that the child has. Vygotsky explains that just knowing a child's mental age, which is judged by what they can do unassisted, we should also find out what the child can do with mild assistance, as this will show their potential for growth. With these both taken together we get a more accurate view of a child's level.

Vygotsky's look at signs in children is also quite interesting and his action/meaning idea in the role of reality and play show that the use of play in a child's development is not what we adults wish it to be, it is not mindless but complex and challenging.

The call for the importance of writing and its possible teaching style takes the view that writing should not be taught as a mechanical process, but it should be taught earlier.
All in all worth reading if only to give depth to a light PGCE.
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2.0 out of 5 stars heavy, 10 Nov 2009
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Vygotsky is quoted incessantly in educational journals. This book contains essays on his outlook and whilst some is useful, much is too esoteric to be useful.
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