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Class war

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1499
  1. Kieran Walsh, clinical editor (
  1. BMJ Learning

    “We can formulate the genetic law of cultural development in the following way: any function in the child's cultural development appears on stage twice, on two planes. First it appears on the social plane, then on the psychological, first among people as an interpsychical category and then within the child as an intrapsychical category.” So claimed Lev Vygotsky, a Soviet constructivist psychologist in the first half of the last century.1 Quite what he meant I couldn't say, but …

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