Review of the Article by Orlando Lourenco:Piaget and Vygotsky: Many resemblances, and a crucial difference(NewIdeasinPsychology 30 (2012) P. 281-295)



The article sets a goal to introduce readers to the article of Orlando Lourenco, professor of Lisbon University, who suggests totally new (and from his point of view unreasonably ignored for a long period of time) parameters of assessing resemblances and differences in approaches of two influential developmental psychologists (Piaget and Vygotsky) to several fundamental problems of psychology: 1)the origins of knowledge and motor of development; 2) influence of equal vs. those based on authorities relations on child development and learning; 3) the more appropriate method for studying developmental changes; 4)the importance of the distinction between true vs. necessary knowledge;5) the role of transformation vs. transmission in the development and learning phenomena.

General Information

Keywords: Piaget; Vygotsky; Autonomy; Heteronomy; Development; Learning

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Ermolova Т.V., Alexeyeva G.V. Review of the Article by Orlando Lourenco:Piaget and Vygotsky: Many resemblances, and a crucial difference(NewIdeasinPsychology 30 (2012) P. 281-295) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2013. Vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 29–43. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Тatiana V. Ermolova, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Chair of Foreign and Russian Philology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Galina V. Alexeyeva, PhD in Education, associate professor of the chair of foreign and Russian philology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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