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    Nature vs Nurture & Vygotsky's Theory

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    How does Vygotsky's theory relate to the "nature vs nurture" debate?

    I understand that Vygotsky's theory places emphasis on both nature and nurture...and that he believed heredity (Nature) and dialogues (Nurture) with more expert members of society jointly contribute to development. Would it be fair of me to say that ....according to his theory a child may be raised to share certain beliefs and religious customs . However, when that child leaves home and is exposed to other dialogue (college classes) he or she may re-think his or her former beliefs and form new beliefs? Am I way off base here? Please advise.

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    Lev Vygotsky, born in the U.S.S.R. in 1896, is responsible for the social development theory of learning. He proposed that social interaction profoundly influences cognitive development. Central to Vygotsky's theory is his belief that biological and cultural development do not occur in isolation (Driscoll, 1994).

    Vygotsky believed that this life long process of development was dependent on social interaction and that social learning actually leads to cognitive development.

    Social context is so important to Vygotsky that it is not simply one more variable to be accounted for; rather, social activity (i.e., the interaction between individual and context), not the individual him/herself, is the appropriate unit of analysis in psychology. Development does not proceed toward socialization; development is the conversion of social relations into mental ...

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    Lev Vygotsky, born in the U.S.S.R. in 1896, is responsible for the social development theory of learning. He proposed that social interaction profoundly influences cognitive development.

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