Creating the Dictionary of L.S. Vygotsky's Cultural-Historical Theory



The article describes the experience of creating an informational system 'Dictionary of L.S. Vygotsky's Cultural Historical Theory' and discusses the principles, main stages and difficulties of the process. Currently a wordlist and nine main sections of the dictionary have been defined. As the authors put it, working on this dictionary enabled them to look at several concepts of L.S. Vygotsky in a new way. The system used in developing the dictionary can as well be applied to teaching students of psychological departments to understand Vygotsky's texts

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Journal rubric: Innovative Models

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Margolis A.A., Kotliar I.A., Safronova M.A. Creating the Dictionary of L.S. Vygotsky's Cultural-Historical Theory. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2007. Vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 102–111. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Arkadiy A. Margolis, PhD in Psychology, Rector, Professor, Chair of Pedagogical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Inna A. Kotliar, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Research Associate, Dubna State University, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dubna, Russia, e-mail:

Maria A. Safronova, PhD in Psychology, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology of Education, Research fellow of the laboratory of Theoretical and experimental issues in cultural-historical psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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