Educational Psychology

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CRC Press, Aug 11, 1997 - Medical - 416 pages
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When this classic book was first published in 1926, L.S. Vygotsky was well on his way to becoming one of the leading intellectuals in Russia. His study of the psychology of education led him to believe that the child should be the main figure in the educational process - and the efforts of the teacher should be directed toward organizing, not dictating, the child's development. "The educational process must be based on the student's individual activity ..." he states in Educational Psychology, "... and the art of education should involve nothing more than guiding and monitoring this activity." At a time when most education consisted of rote memorization and thwacks across the wrist with a ruler, these ideas were considered quite radical.
Today's educators can find much that is of use in the pages of Educational Psychology. Vygotsky addresses many issues that are still relevant in the 1990s - abnormal social behavior, the nurturing of creativity and reasoning, problems with attention and memory - in a bold and opinionated fashion that is sure to delight educators as well as lovers of classical Russian writing. Psychologists will also find the book useful for its fascinating glimpses into the study of psychology in the early twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Pedagogics and Psychology
1
The Concept of Behavior and Reaction
13
The Most Important Laws of Higher Nervous
27
Biological and Social Factors in Education
47
On the Goals of Education from
54
Chapter 5
59
Chapter 8
135
Behavior
157
Esthetic Education
241
Exercise and Fatigue
273
Abnormal Behavior
283
Temperament and Character
297
The Problem of Giftedness
321
Basic Forms of Investigations of
327
Psychology and the Teacher
337
Historical Notes
353

Occupational Education
181
Social Behavior and the Childs
205
Ethical Behavior
219
Bibliography
365
Index
371
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