L. S. Vygotsky and English in education and the language arts / Peter Smagorinsky.

Smagorinsky, Peter [Browse]
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.
  • ©2024
xxiv, 354 pages ; 26 cm.


Key thinkers in English in education and the language arts
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"L. S. Vygotsky and English in Education and the Language Arts focuses on the hugely significant contributions of L. S. Vygotsky to research, theory and practice in English and the Language Arts, exploring the relevance of Vygotsky's works for today's teachers and researchers. Drawing on his 30-years of study, Smagorinsky interprets Vygotsky in relation to literacy education, teacher education, special education and how life outside school have an impact on how people function within them. This insightful and accessible text firstly explores Vygotsky's early life to situate him historically and culturally and goes on to trace his understanding of human psychology as it relates to the social contexts of schools and pupils' lives at home. Vygotsky's pedagogical ideas are then discussed in depth, with specific attention on the role of emotions, the zone of proximal development, expanding textuality beyond writing and his belief in the primacy of socialization. This book illuminates new areas of understanding, and challenges common perceptions available through limited and selective readings, establishing Vygotsky as a complex developmental psychologist rather than a classroom practitioner. With points for discussion and reflection provided throughout, this text will be invaluable for student teachers, teachers, academics in the field of English and the Language Arts"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Biographical elements of a short life
  • Culture, history, and society
  • Marxism and Vygotsky in the Soviet context
  • Historicizing Vygotsky's hierarchical views
  • Three principal themes of Vygotsky's work
  • Phylogeny, ontogeny, and human development
  • Emotions in human development and education
  • Play and labor in human development and education
  • The next zone of development (Not the ZPD) : a genetic understanding
  • Vygotsky's contributions to pedagogy
  • Orientation, interests, attention, memory, and relevance
  • Teaching literature
  • Teaching writing
  • Vygotsky, "Defectology," and inclusive education
  • Vygotsky the pedologist
  • The pedology decree : Vygotsky as anti-Marxist bourgeoisie
  • The pedology decree : critiques of method and focus.
  • 9781032449890
  • 1032449896 (hardcover)
  • 9781032449876 (paperback)
  • 103244987X (paperback)
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