SYMP 093 - The legacy of Vygotsky’s cultural historical psychology in a conservative time

1.1 Social, cultural, linguistic and educational mediation
Symposium (Symp)
Friday Sep 01   09:30 AM to 11:30 AM (2 hours)
This symposium assumes the on-going relevance of Vygotsky’s contributions to education and aims to continue the development of the legacy of Vygotsky Marxist traditions in and for education.
In his early educational and pedagogical writings, Vygotsky remarked that the most difficult problem to be faced in creating a new society is the molding of a new human individual for a new society. That is the transformation of the human personality, intellect and behavior which are presenting themselves as the most challenging practical problems. Education is the process directed toward forming a fully developed human individual, as well as ensuring a certain level of development of individual’s cognitive needs and capacities and his/her ability to perform some kind of practical activity, oriented to social goals. It is education, which should play the central role in the transformation of human individuals, that “can lead to the formation of a new type of man” (Vygotsky, 1994, p. 182).

References :
Vygotsky, L. S. (1930/1994). The socialist alteration of man. In R. Van Der Veer and J. Valsiner (Eds.), The Vygotsky reader (pp. 175–184). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Department of Psychology - United Arab Emirates University - UAE
University of São Paulo

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