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With the turbulent times of early USSR, Stalin's rise to power,
and Lev Semenovich Vygotsky's untimely death in 1934, Vygotsky's
Cultural-Historical Theory was hidden from Russia and the world
for decades. Today Vygotsky's writings are considered by
professors worldwide as a contemporary scientific application for
present day issues.
Lev Vygotsky Documentary: One man’s legacy through his life and theory explores the compelling story of the father of Russian Psychology. The Documentary uses a mixture of narration, archive photos, film footage and interview commentary from family members Gita Vygodskaya, Elena Kravtzova, and renowned professors/educators including Michael Cole, Lois Holzman, Vera John Steiner, Alex Kozulin, Tamara Lifanova, Luciano Mecacci, James Wertsch and others.
Lev Vygotsky Documentary is 1 hour and 53 minutes divided into three sections: life, theory and examples of Vygotskian practice..
Lev Vygotsky Short Version: Life, Theory, Practice summarizes Vygotsky’s life story as told in the Documentary, discusses his theory and provided four examples of Vygotskian practice (35 minutes).
Some Vygotskian concepts highlighted in the DVD's are: the
role of learning through internalization of culture and social relationships,
language development and thought, mediated learning, zone of proximal
development, the more knowledgeable other, psychological tools,
inclusion of special needs children in a school setting, play, and
the role of collaborative dialogue and communication.