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Implications of Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

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What are the implications of Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development in the classroom?

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Traditionally, many schools have held a "transmissionist" or "instructionist" model in which many teachers or lecturers merely just transmit information to students in the classroom. With the introduction of Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory however, this approach to teaching has been modified in some schools and has caused teachers to develop a different attitude towards their students' learning. According to Turuk (2008), "socio-cultural theory has a holistic view about the act of learning. The theory emphasizes the importance of what the learner brings to any learning situation as an active meaning-maker and problem-solver. It acknowledges the dynamic nature of the interplay between teachers, learners and tasks; and provides a view of learning as arising from interactions with others." Vygotsky's theory in essence, promotes learning contexts in which students play an active role in learning; much unlike in the past. His theory also demands an environment in which interaction between the teacher and students is on-going, in order to facilitate meaningful development in students.

The importance of interaction between teachers and students cannot be emphasized enough, as one of the most meaningful concepts which was developed under ...

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This solution provides you with information about the implications Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development in the classroom. In particular, it exposes one to the concepts of scaffolding, zone of proximal development, internalization and co-operative learning. This solution is adequately referenced.

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