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Psychological Tools: A Sociocultural Approach to Education


reviewed by Kenneth Johansen — 2003

coverTitle: Psychological Tools: A Sociocultural Approach to Education
Author(s): Alex Kozulin
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: , Pages: 182, Year: 1998
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In Kozulin’s discussion of the rediscovery of Vygotsky by the Western world in the later part of this century he stated, “Vygotsky’s texts possess a certain literary quality that created serious problems for translators.  His terminology did not coincide with that traditionally used in the English-language psychological literature.”  In simple terms, at times, Vygotsky can be a demanding read, but as Kozulin concludes, “In the end, however, the well-known maxim that ‘there is nothing more practical than a good theory’ proved to be correct in his case (p. 31).” This book explores the role of psychological tools in human cognition.  Psychological tools are “those symbolic artifacts-signs, symbols, texts, formulae, graphic-symbolic devices-that help individuals master their own ‘natural’ psychobiological functions of perception, memory, attention and so on.  Psychological tools serve as a bridge between individual acts of cognition and the symbolic socio-cultural prerequisites of these acts (p. 1).” Chapters 1 and 2 provide historical and theoretical overviews of a basic understanding of Vygotsky’s theories of cognitive development. They include a review... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1291-1294
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11080, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 10:47:27 PM

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