Vygotsky

What's His Theory?

Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory

This theory suggests that social interaction leads to continuous step-by-step changes in children's thought and behavior that can vary greatly from culture to culture. Basically Vygotsky's theory suggests that development depends on interaction with people and the tools that the culture provides to help form their own view of the world. There are three ways a cultural tool can be passed from one individual to another. The first one is imitative learning, where one person tries to imitate or copy another. The second way is by instructed learning which involves remembering the instructions of the teacher and then using these instructions to self-regulate. The final way that cultural tools are passed to others is through collaborative learning, which involves a group of peers who strive to understand each other and work together to learn a specific skill.


Pros Vs. Cons

Although Vygotsky's concept of learning with assistance is important in the classroom, the theory was not well thought out. If this was played out it would be very time consuming.


Still used today or not?

Vygotsky's theory is used a little in the class room. Children do need assistance when learned something new. If this was not known then nothing would have been learned correctly. The theory also means that you can not just expect a child to know something, you must lead them up to it.


By Terri Long