Issuses in Developmental and Pedagogical Psychology: L.S. Vygotsky and D.N Uznadze



The article analyzes the interrelation between L.S. Vygotsky’s and Uznadze’s views on some important issues of developmental and pedagogical psychology. This, in particular, refers to the problem of concept formation, periodisation of child development, relation between development and teaching, motive forces of development. Special attention is paid to “coincidence theory” and the principle of solving “empirical postulate” which is a methodological basis for the whole system of D.N. Uznadze’s psychological conception including issues of development and education. It is pointed out that in spite of not being very well acquainted with each other’s works, the difference between viewpoints of L.S. Vygotsky and D.N. Uznadze is considerably less than the things they have in common. As for the principal questions, their approaches are often consistent and, in some cases, identical. Also, a lot of interesting outcomes can be expected from a deeper analysis of the general psychological views of the author of the cultural-historical concept and the author of the theory of set.

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Keywords: Vygotsky, Uznadze, concept formation, coincidence theory, age environment, social situation of development, teaching and development

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Imedadze I.V. Issuses in Developmental and Pedagogical Psychology: L.S. Vygotsky and D.N Uznadze. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2019. Vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 4–13. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2019150201. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Irakli V. Imedadze, Doctor of Psychology, Professor. Сorresponding-member of Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Education TSU, I.Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), Head of departament in psychological set rescarch and correction centre, Department of general psychology of set, Psychological set rescarch and correction centre, Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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