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Vygotsky On Units And Microcosms

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The idea of an exhaustive study of just one case which characterized Luria's idiographic science also underlies another approach which stimulated Vygotsky's methodological reflections. Vygotsky praised Pavlov for his study of just one reflex. This chapter focuses on what precisely Vygotsky meant by 'unit' and a more detailed explanation of his idea of 'unit of analysis ' presently, but to be clear about what Vygotsky is claiming here, it need to clarify the distinction between 'microcosm' and 'unit of analysis' . Vygotsky approached the problem of the concept of a science through the contrast between analysis by elements and analysis by units. The claim that verbal thought is a unique mode of behavior alongside other types of speech and other forms of intelligence, was established experimentally.

Keywords: microcosm; unit of analysis; Vygotsky



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