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Pioneers of Psychology: Lev Vygotsky

By December 13, 2012

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Lev Vygotsky

Lev Vygotsky is considered a seminal thinker in psychology, and much of his work is still being discovered and explored today. While he was a contemporary of Skinner, Pavlov, Freud and Piaget, his work never attained their level of eminence during his lifetime. Part of this was because his work was often criticized by the Communist Party in Russia, and so his writings were largely inaccessible to the Western world. His premature death at age 38 also contributed to his obscurity.

Despite this, his work has continued to grow in influence since his death, particularly in the fields of developmental and educational psychology. He is best known for his sociocultural theory and his concepts of the zone of proximal development and guided practice. Learn more about his life, work and theories in this brief biography of Lev Vygotsky.

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