Lev Vygotsky

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Summarize Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development.

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Vygotsky's cognitive theory of development stems from social development theory. The latter proposes that behaviorism and interaction are the pivotal agents that develop cognition. In other words, the dynamics of communication enhance the development of mental processes.

The way in which this happens, according to Vygosky, is through the process that he calls "making meaning". This means that, as we listen and speak, the imagery produced by our brain, the sound to meaning connections that we make, and the symbol to sound correlations that form instantly as we speak develop our mental processes.

In summary, Vygotsky is a major proponent of the role of language in developmental processes. Interaction is key to mental enhancement and communication develops cognition due to the neurological connections and imagery that our brains produce upon being triggered by language in the form of meaning, sound, symbols, and imagery.

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In a blog, summarize Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development.

I think that a blog is a really effective approach to summarizing Vygotsky's theories and their implications.  Outside of deciding on which blogging platform would work, content decisions need to be made.  There has to be a reflection about how many entries the blog will contain and what points will be emphasized in the blog.  Perhaps, a blog entry could be devoted to Vygotsky's life, helping to give background to what he was doing and the work he composed.  The next entry could be basic elements of his philosophy. In this, discussion of the zone of proximal development, and to what extent independent learning can happen needs to be addressed.  At the same time, being able to discuss implications of "meditation" in the learner and the construction of "inner speech" would be essential in subsequent blog entries. 

I think that some entries can be devoted to Vygotsky's place in the educational pantheon with contemporaries like Pavlov and Jung.  Additionally, it might not be a bad idea to examine how Vygotsky's theories mesh with a current education system that places so much emphasis on testing and high stakes assessment.  Analysis as to this point could move the blog  from a point of summary to a trajectory of making claims about the implications in Vygotsky's thought today.

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