Vygotsky's unfinished legacy: Using sociocultural theory and CHAT in your research (recording available)

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Health Research Seminars

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MR136, Marston Road, Headington Campus, Marston Road site


What can we learn from a Russian scholar who in spite of early death through TB at the age of 37 years in 1934  left a legacy derived from a background in medicine, law, the arts, and cultural psychology? In this seminar, I will outline the unique ideas that Vygotsky and his colleagues offers to deal with the topic of human development in a range of settings and have inspired Western researchers to develop frameworks of sociocultural theory and cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). Application of the ideas that I will draw upon has relevance to include child development, the emergence of practitioner expertise in health and education, long-term conditions and digital health. I will also dispel some common misunderstandings of Vygotsky's work.

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