M.I.A. Library: D.B. Elkonin

Daniil El'konin in 1984


Daniil El'konin


“Overcoming the naturalistic concept of mental development calls for a radically new approach to the interrelation between child and society. We have been led to this conclusion by a special investigation of the historical emergence of role-playing. In contrast to the view that role playing is an eternal extra-historical phenomenon, we hypothesized that role playing emerged at a specific stage of social development, as the child's position in society changed in the course of history. Role-playing is an activity that is social in origin and, consequently, social in content.” 



Toward the Problem of Stages in the Mental Development of the Child, 1971


Over 100 Comments and Footnotes by Nikolai Versov


Further Reading:

Lev Vygotsky Archive
A.N Leon'tev Archive


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