Lev Vygotsky 's Influence On Social And Inner Speech Essay

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Lev Vygotsky was a Russian social psychologist who lived from 1896 to 1934 and he died at the age of thirty-seven from tuberculosis. He was the first in his study to document the importance of private speech which is the transition children make between social and inner speech. He had many theories, but his social cognitive theory on ZPD (zone of proximal development) was his most famous. Vygotsky also believed that language helps children develop social interaction for communication skills which helps them later develop different forms of speech. Beliefs and values affect these developments, but it can vary from culture to culture. A child can further develop these skills with an MKO or a more knowledgeable other. This is “someone who has a better understanding or a higher ability level than the learner” (McLeod, 2007). Social interactions and personal interaction help children develop communication skills they will need all throughout their lives in academic, personal, social, romantic, and work atmospheres.

Lev Vygotsky was born on November 17th,1896 in the small town Orshe, Russia. He graduated from the Moscow University in 1917 with a degree in Law. He wanted to get a degree in Education but that was not an option for a Jew in Russia. “As a child, he was taught many languages by his parents, they heavily discussed history, art, literature, and other subjects to Lev and his other seven siblings” (Gallagher, 1999). He later pursued a career in psychology with the help…

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