Exploring the Zone of Proximal Development in Russia and Abroad



The article gives an analytical review of researches on the zone of proximal development (ZPD). It describes the main research trends in Russia and other countries as well as analyzes the concept of «scaffolding» — the American interpretation of the ZPD idea - showing that although the two concepts are closely related, they cannot be considered identical. The article concludes that, despite a wide range of conducted research- es, the correlation between a child's individual activity strategies in ZPD and his/her intellectual development is still poorly explored. It is this problem that's in the focus of the author's attention.

General Information

Keywords: zone of proximal development, intellectual development, learning, interaction, ZPD acquisition strategies

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Bashmakova S. Exploring the Zone of Proximal Development in Russia and Abroad. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2011. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 17–22. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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S. Bashmakova, e-mail: sonyabash@yandex.ru



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