“Inner Spring” of Elena Kravtsova: A Word about a Scientist and a Friend



This scientific essay focuses on the work and personality of an outstanding psychologist E.E. Kravtsova, who passed away in spring 2020, on the eve of her anniversary. Continuing the work of her grandfather L.S. Vygotsky, she regarded it not as a “family” matter, but as common heritage, where new forms of social practice, primarily educational, emerge.

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Keywords: E.E. Kravtsova, L.S. Vygotsky, Cultural-Historical Psychology, zone of proximal development, play, communication, education, developmental learning

Journal rubric: Problems of Cultural-Historical and Activity Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2020160309

For citation: Kudryavtsev V.T., Rubtsov V.V. “Inner Spring” of Elena Kravtsova: A Word about a Scientist and a Friend. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2020. Vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 83–86. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2020160309.

A Part of Article

This text was meant to be congratulatory. On April 26, 2020, Doctor of Psychology, professor, devotee of education, Elena Evgen’evna Kravtsova was to celebrate her 70th birthday. Less than a month before the day, on the morning of March, 28 she passed away.


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Information About the Authors

Vladimir T. Kudryavtsev, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, UNESCO Department of Cultural and Historical Psychology of Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Expert, Laboratory of Cultural and Historical Models of Education, Institute of Secondary Vocational Education named after K.D. Ushinsky; Professor, Directorate of Educational Programs of the Moscow City University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9283-6272, e-mail: vtkud@mail.ru

Vitaliy V. Rubtsov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, President, Head of the International UNESCO Chair «Cultural-Historical Psychology of Childhood», Moscow State University of Psychology & Education (MSUPE), President of the Federation of Educational Psychologists of Russia, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2050-8587, e-mail: rubtsovvv@mgppu.ru



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