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Vygotsky's Developmental Theory: An Introduction

Presents Lev Vygotsky's early childhood learning theories and demonstrates them in classrooms. Development, according to Vygotsky, cannot be separated from its social context: it is misleading to evaluate children only on what they accomplish independently.
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 7 Up

Shot two years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, this program emulates the 7 Up documentary model in which a group of children reveal their thoughts and feelings on camera. The Russian participants introduced here include Anton, a Moscow boy who precociously foreshadows a coup in his nation's political future; twins Stas and Dennis who live in an industrial suburb of Leningrad, now St Petersburg; Asya, also a Leningrad citizen, who shares a small apartment with her mother and grandparents; Tanya, who laments the lack of retail choices in her country and whose mouth waters, almost literally, over a Western mail-order catalog; Almaz, who lives in a factory workers' hostel in the capital of Kyrgyzstan; Rita, who dwells on the shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world; a [...]

Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 14 Up

Brokenhearted, twins Stas and Dennis have lost their father. Following a modest funeral, which their mother could only arrange by borrowing money, they allow their feelings to seep out tearfully for the camera. Rita's village has become a tourist attraction and her father runs a pleasure boat for out-of-town visitors. She is also hospitalized for an illness that no one seems willing to discuss. And Andrei has moved to the United States, having been adopted by an American family. Somewhat mischievously, he shows off his toy bird cage - a possible metaphor for his new situation, although his homesickness isn't immediately apparent. Such are the post-Soviet-era stories running through this installment in the Russian version of the Up chronicles. Thanks to interwoven archival footage, vi [...]

Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 21 Up

I will always be Russian, says Andrei, showing the camera a handful of cherished photographs from his homeland. Even so, he has adjusted commendably to the strange new world of America, its unwieldy political culture, and the quandary of pursuing college or jumping into the business world. Back in the former Soviet Union, twins Stas and Dennis have begun to take separate paths in life, with one prospering as a sailor and the other waiting tables for a pittance. Meanwhile Rita has supposedly recovered from a bout with mental illness, but, perched on the shore of her beloved lake, she insists on making secretive predictions about "something big" in the offing. Such are the narratives running through this episode in the Russian version of the Up chronicles. Thanks to generous portions o [...]