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1984) ‘The Zone of Proximal Development: the hidden agenda’, in B. Rogoff and J. Wertsch (eds) Children Learning in the Zone of Proximal Development, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass. Daniels, H. and Lunt, I. (in preparation) ‘The theoretical basis of primary school teaching: Some comparisons’. V. (1988a) ‘Problems of developmental teaching: the experience of theoretical and experimental psychological research’, Soviet Education 30 (8), 1–97. V. (1988b) ‘Problems of developmental teaching: the experience of theoretical and experimental psychological research’, Soviet Education 30 (9), 1–81.

But a key interpretative problem is whether Vygotskian psychology adopted the right starting points for a Marxist psychology. The work of Wertsch and Cole is then characterized by a dual emphasis. V. Ivanov, describing The Psychology of Art, it has to be shown both that Vygotsky’s is a Marxist psychology and that it is a Marxist psychology (Ivanov 1971). 18 Charting the agenda The two requirements carry different implications. Accented towards the West, the emphasis is placed on the sociocultural account of the development of higher mental functions and on the account of the sign as a psychological tool, for these are the basic concepts in Vygotskian psychology, with their roots in a Marxist ontology which needs to be explained.

The problem of thought and language has been transformed. PSYCHOLOGIES AND EDUCATION Those of us who work in education have need of psychologies. Psychologies insert into the educational debate learning, identity, development, children, us as teachers. Psychologies stand, potentially, between children and schools and governments. Psychologies have it in them to question mechanisms of control, misleading versions of mind and body, the dominance of hegemonic fragments and ideas. They may lead us towards freedom.

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