Theories – Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development

Throughout uni we are forced to investigate multiple different theories and perspectives regarding teaching, education, child development, and the list goes on.

One such theory that I have used often in my university assessments, as well as in conversation with other pre-service teachers and professionals, is Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development. This theory refers to the context in which a child’s understanding is furthered as a result of social interactions.

I feel that this way of learning is continued throughout the entirety of our lives and without guidance from a more skilled other, it can be a struggle, and become frustrating to learn and come to new understandings.

I am hoping that through enhancing my skills and knowledge about ICT’s, I can use Vygotsky’s theory of the zone of proximal development to enhance students learning and use of ICT’s, as well as enhance my knowledge of ICT’s by learning from my students also.


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