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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

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Occurrence of Action (Notes on the Development of Object-Oriented Actions II) 2684

Elkonin B.D.
PhD in Psychology, Professor, head of the laboratory, Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

The paper critically rethinks and recreates the concept of an object-oriented action. Drawing on the works of Daniil Elkonin the author introduces a concept of an Occurrence of action. The Occurrence of action rep- resents the transition to a new form of activity. This new form of activity is an action mediated by a pattern given to a child by an adult. The Occurrence of action takes place as the child engages in the process of chal- lenging the adult by testing and approving these patterns. In the Occurrence of action the action itself appears as a phenomenon, while the actors appear as the ones who find their place in the situation. Three transitions are created and interlocked through the Occurrence of action: a transition to a new situation of activity, a tran- sition to the individual's sense of their own activity, and a transition to sign-mediated behavior. The Occurrence of action is by all means the key point in the everyday lives of children and adults. Basing on the observations, the author gives a theoretical overview of the Occurrence of action in early childhood.

Keywords: Occurrence of action, combined action, phenomenon of action mediation, sense of activity, transition, pattern-boundary, action basis, field of action.

Column: On the 110th Anniversary of D.B. Elkonin's Birth

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