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Vygotsky and the Promise of Public Education

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Jennifer A. Vadeboncoeur

Vygotsky and the Promise of Public Education recontextualizes the scholarship of educator and psychologist Lev Vygotsky, highlighting its relevance to contemporary issues in public education. Emphasizing the historical, social, and cultural formation of conscious awareness, Jennifer A. Vadeboncoeur advances Vygotsky’s project with current research in psychology, enabling the redefinition of central concepts such as learning, teaching, and developing. This attention to how we conceptualize learning and teaching is vital to the project of crafting schools to fulfill the promise of public education. Written for teacher candidates, educators, researchers, and policy-makers, this book both recognizes the complications of teaching and learning in public schools and contributes to the scholarship on the critical possibilities of schools as social institutions. The significance of public education for each and every child and teacher, and the future that is created in each student-teacher relationship, is re-centered as, perhaps, the most worthwhile project of our time.

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Names: Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer A. Title: Vygotsky and the promise of public education / Jennifer A. Vadeboncoeur. Description: New York: Peter Lang Publishing. Series: Educational psychology: critical pedagogical perspectives; vol. 16 ISSN 1943-8109 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2012046917| ISBN 978-1-4331-1540-0 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-1539-4 (pbk.: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4111-9 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4112-6 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4113-3 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Vygotskii, L. S. (Lev Semenovich), 1896–1934. Educational psychology. Classification: LCC LB1051 .V26 | DDC 370.15—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2012046917 DOI: 10.3726/b10828

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