Agustin DiazPsychology DevelopmentScavenger HuntLev Vygotsky, psychologist born in Orsha, Belarus, who is best-known for Sociocultural Theory along with other theories like Guided Participation and Zone Proximal Development. He assisted Moscow State University, where he graduated with a degree in law in 1917. While attending university, he studied a variety of majors from sociology, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. Until 1924, when he began his actual psychological formal work while attending university.
In 1925 he was able to complete a paper on the psychology of art but was awarded his degree in attentively due to tuberculosis that left him incapacitated for a year. Following his illness, Vygotsky began investigating topics such as memory, attention, and language with assistance from students. During 1934 the work of the psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, his work had become a theory in the cognitive development over several years, now what it has become known as Social Development Theory and became a foundation of quality research. Vygotsky’s theories state the fundamental role of social interaction in the development of cognition, as he believed firmly that community plays a central role in the process of making meaning. Vygotsky has developed a sociocultural approach to cognitive development. He extended his theories at around the same time as Jean Piaget was starting to build his ideas around the (1920’s and 30’s), but he died at the age of 38, and so his theories are incomplete – although some of his writings are still being translated from Russian.
At age 37 Vygotsky’s life was cut tragically short in 1934 when he died of tuberculosis. Lev Vygotsky is always thought as a formative thinker in psychology, and much of his work is still being discovered and explored today. While he was a follower of Skinner, Pavlov, Freud, and Piaget, his work never attained their level of fame during his career. Due to the Communist Party, his work was criticized, and his work was unreachable primarily to the Western region. Despite his early age death his work has continued to grow in influence since, especially in the fields of education and development psychology. New concepts and ideas were introduced to the educational and development psychologically, and his theories became popular in the west in the 1970s. Since then, Vygotsky’s work has been translated and have become very influential in the educational area.