The Vygotskian Perspective on Cognitive Development

  • Gerald Young
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Overview of Chapter 5. The next four chapters are meant to specify some of the particular transition mechanisms involved in cognitive development. Young (submitted) discusses the change processes undergirding the ontogenetic flow in a rather general way in terms of systems theory, and this complementary analysis in terms of vygotskian theory is required in order to obtain a fuller understanding of the forces implicated in developmental transformation. In the first two chapters, a survey of Vygotsky’s theory and contemporary elaborations of it are presented. In the second two chapters, personal constructions on the perceived lacunae in the vygotskian perspective are offered.


Cognitive Development Parental Style Proximal Development High Mental Function Mediate Agency 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Young
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  1. 1.Glendon CollegeYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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