Analysis Of Lev Spencer Vygotsky's Knowledge And Language

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According to Development of Children and Adolescents, children learn five new words a day. Therefore, people wonder how children construct their knowledge and language, along with what is going through their complex and developing brains. Different theories have been developed and researched to try and demolish some of the confusion encircling the minds of parents, educators, psychologists and others. With this being said, over the past decade there has been a major upsurge of interest in the ideas of Lev Spencer Vygotsky (1896-1934), which has reflected in the dramatic rise in citations of Vygotsky’s publications (Wertsch & Tulviste, 1992). There are many features involved with Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory that focuses on language and…show more content…
Vygotsky emphasizes the idea of co-construction of knowledge, which is the theory that children construct knowledge with the assistance of others, and children learn first at the social level and then gradually internalize that learning (Hauser-Cram, Nugent, Thies, & Travers, 2014). Vygotsky knew the importance of language because he focused on how children developed language, along with how children’s social interaction with one another was effected by their language skills. Another feature of Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory is the concept of inner speech, which is the internal speech used to guide behavior. It may also be referred to as “self-talk,” which is common among both adults and children (Hauser-Cram et al, 2014). Speech is an important factor in a child’s life. It lays out the foundation for their self-control and self-direction within them. Vygotsky’s perspective indicates that inner speech does not die out, but instead is internal. Young children who use such speech to guide them during challenging activities tend to be more attentive and show better performance than those who do not (Hauser-Cram et al,…show more content…
This theory may not be widely known and practiced in various places, but it is becoming more popular with the development of early childhood. There are many features involved with Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory that focuses on language and the sociocultural context in terms of children. Research studies have also been conducted that support his theory, even though some experts remain to have criticisms about
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