Monday, March 4, 2013

Vygotsky- Make-Believe

"In play, a child is always above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself."- Lev Vygotsky

Vygotsky theory said that child development was a direct result of the interactions between children and their social environment. This meant interactions with teachers, parents, classmate, playmates, even their interaction with inanimate objects, such as books and toys. It is through these interactions that children develop skills and are not just copying the world around them. While some psychologist believed that learning and development were simultaneously and one could not learn certain things until they were mature enough. Vygotsky believed in something he called the Zone of Proximal Development. 
" The ZPD contains skills and concepts that are not yet fully developed but are "on the edge of emergence" emerging only if the child is given appropriate support."

Psychologists Deborah J. Leong and Elena Bodrova used Vygotsky's theory of play in order to create a series of educational videos. They took the idea of play and encouraged make-believe amongst pre-schoolers. Well planned make-believe helps child development, such as children’s social skills, emerging mathematical ability, mastery of early literacy concepts, and self-regulation. I think that Vygotsky theory is very true and if Deborah J. Leong and Elena Bodrova's "make-believe"programs were practiced then we would see a change in the rate of child development.

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