Mechanisms of Developmental Progression

  • L. A. Venger
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 10)


The theoretical ground for stydying of developmental mechanisms in the USSR lies in the ideas elaborated by L. S. Vygotsky and A. N. Leontiev. They stressed the leading role of human culture for the process of psychological development. A great body of empirical investigation initiated by these ideas has been concerned with development of certain types of children’s activity (play, learning, drawing, etc.), development of psychological processes — mainly perception and thinking — and understanding of the significance of different age stages in the general processes of human personality formation. The results of the investigations give a possibility to establish some concrete mechanisms controlling the process of psychological development. The core of these mechanisms is conversion of originally external (social by nature and genesis) forms of activity and communication into inner psychological processes specific for human beings (“higher psychological functions” as in L. S. Vygotsky).


Activity Type Mental Action Social Experience Psychological Development Mental Development 
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  • L. A. Venger
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  1. 1.Institute of Preschool EducationRussian Academy of Pedagogical SciencesMoscowRussia

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