Lev Vygotsky 's Perspective On Learning And Cognitive Development

2059 Words Jan 27th, 2015 9 Pages
In modern psychology, many different viewpoints are used in order to study the mind. Among these views is the cultural-historical view, which uses cultural and social interactions to explain cognitive development. This view, founded by Lev Vygotsky, provided a revolutionary new perspective on learning and cognitive development which is still used today in order to teach children.
The unique circumstances which Lev Vygotsky faced in his allowed allowed him to produce many new and effective theorems on cultural-historical psychology. Lev Vygotsky was born in 1896 in the town of Orsha, Russia. Vygotsky lived in a dysfunctional country, often persecuted for his Jewish background, facing sickness and poverty from a young age. In spite of this, Vygotsky 's family was very supportive, giving him a nurturing environment for learning as a child. Vygotsky 's parents were cultural leaders in their town, encouraging Vygotsky to take up theater along with his brother and sister. Apart from his family, Vygotsky had few close friends as a child; instead Vygotsky had many adult mentors. These few, but close friends and informal education allowed Vygotsky to learn to appreciate the social aspects involved in learning from a young age. As a teenager, Vygotsky still faced persecution from the government, however still worked hard to overcome the many obstacles, eventually being accepted to Moscow State University. Here, Vygotsky studied law, graduating in 1917. However after a short career as…

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