The Subject Matter of Pedology
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In this lecture, Vygotsky covers three general topic areas of his subject matter: definitions, laws and theories. Taking the word “pedology” literally, Vygotsky defines it as knowledge of the child, but he qualifies this as the knowledge of the child in development. His “laws” of development are rather loose-fitting descriptions that might apply to any form of development (development is “ADAM”: Asynchronic, Disproportionate, Alternating and Metamorphic). But in his conclusion, Vygotsky shows how taken together, his definition and his “laws” of development must lead us to reject the vast majority of extant theories on child development and construct an entirely new one.
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