Development of Imagination: A Path to the World of Human Culture



From the point of view of the ideas formulated earlier by V. V. Davydov and the author of this article, we analyze the effects of imagination in the creative process of mastering culture by a preschool child. Imagination is not considered as a particular mental function, but as a universal ability (E. V. Ilyenkov). Adjustments are made to the understanding of the nature of the child’s imagination. The material of the educational project “Paths” reveals the developmental potential of preschool education, the priority of which is the formation of imagination.

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Keywords: imagination, culture, child, developing preschool education, program “Paths”

Journal rubric: Psychology at School


For citation: Kudryavtsev V.T. Development of Imagination: A Path to the World of Human Culture. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2020. Vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 58–70. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2020250505. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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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:, e-mail:



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