Vygotsky's Theory of the Higher Psychological Processes: Some Criticisms

R. Van der Veer, M.H. van IJzendoorn
1985 Human Development  
Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory is discussed, especially the distinction between lower and higher psychological processes. The distinction is criticized, based in part on discussions in Soviet psychology. In particular, it is shown that Vygotsky separated the lower and higher psychological processes too sharply, and that his conception of lower processes as 'natural' and 'passive' is false. The authors suggest that these shortcomings can be overcome within the cultural-historical
more » ... historical framework. Vygotsky's theory is not only of historical value, but continues to play a role in contemporary psychology.
doi:10.1159/000272931 fatcat:jljinuubnjg6jm3yingtudtd4a