Individual Differences and Coappropriation

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


In Chapter 5 it was shown that Vygotsky believed that there are higher mental functions that continue to develop in the individual. However, orthodox reading of his theory suggests that developmental movement marked by increasing complexity need not be the universal case, because the theory is especially contextualist and liable to different pathways (Rogoff, 1990). Also, we have seen the way K. W. Fischer et al.’s (1993) concept of developmental range permits neopiagetian stage theory, at least one that is applied to skill development in disparate domains, to coexist with vygotskian theory. That is, when environmental support is optimal, the individual will manifest a pattern of development that reveals discontinuous spurts in cognitive growth that are stagelike in appearance. In contrast, in less than optimal circumstances, due to contextual variability, large individual variations in continuous cognitive development accrue, so that universal stagelike sequences are not found.


Cognitive Development Equilibration Process Sociocultural Context High Mental Function Female Protagonist 
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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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