Over a century ago Lev Vygotsky founded a Theory that was later elaborated in the works of his disciples and became known as the Cultural-Historical Theory and the Activity Approach. With the time, the Theory spread far beyond the boundaries of the country where it had originated, and started to be applied by scholars, coming from various theoretical backgrounds and working in diverse areas of science.
This special issue presents a collection of articles on the Cultural-Historical Theory and the Activity Approach that highlight different elements of the sociocultural research field. In a sense, the articles offer an in-depth analysis of the Cultural-Historical Theory as the ground for dialogue and collaboration of researchers throughout the world. Within this frame, the special issue deals with the present state of the Cultural-Historical Theory and Activity Approach in psychology, discussing CHT as a «functional paradigm», considering its linkages with clinical psychology as well as with the educational policy and activism. The articles focus on such aspects as the urgency of agency, the social situation of development, mental development, expansive learning and social transformation. Through the papers, challenging issues and practices have emerged, and new ideas at different levels of human development have raised deep conversations, making a serious contribution to the socio-cultural field of research.
This special issue is also dedicated to the memory of Elena Olegovna Smirnova — an outstanding Russian scholar, a specialist in child psychology, Professor, Нead of the Centre for Psychological and Pedagogical Expertise of Games and Toys, a winner of the Russian government award in the field of education for the cycle of works “The system of the upbringing and development of children from birth to seven years old”. She passed away on February 3, 2020.
Dr. Katerina Plakitsi, ISCAR President
Dr. Olga Rubtsova, Head of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood, MSUPE, Russia.
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