Social Injustice through Lenses of Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory

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Social Injustice through Lenses of Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory

Vygotsky proposed the socio-cultural theory to explain the development of cognition capacities in humans. In particular, Vygotsky elaborated the role played by cultural interactions in the development of thinking in children. Vygotsky, through the sociocultural theory, made two claims. First, the theory asserts that the development in humans follows specific cultural contexts that dictate the form taken by the cognitive development (Shaffer, 2009). The second claim of the theory is that the personal attributes and cognitive capabilities in children are shaped by the social interactions with at home with the parents and in school with the teachers as well as other members of society deemed to more competent. At birth, children exhibit elementary mental functions. As they grow, the skills of the children are influenced by the culture leading to the development of higher mental functions (Shaffer et al., 2009). In this…

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