Department of Psychology Russian Academy of Education

Institute of Psychology Russian Academy of Sciences

Psychological Institute Russian Academy of Education

Centre of Psychology and Psychotherapy


L.S.Vygotsky and the Contemporary Human Sciences

Moscow, September, 5-8, 1994



Conference Presidents:

James Wertsch (USA)

Vladimir Zinchenko (Russia)

Program Committee:

Vladimir Ageyev (Russia)

Boris Elkonin (Russia)

Dmitriy Leontiev (Russia)

Vladimir Sobkin (Russia)

Executive Director: Anatoli Sytnik (Russia)

Conference Coordinator: Alla Tolmasova (Russia)

Organizing Committee:

Natalia Grafinina (Russia)

Natalia Ignatieva (Russia)

Bill Penuel (USA)

Victor Samoilov (Russia)

Elena Sokolova (Russia)

Valeriy Solodkov (Russia)

Vyacheslav Tsapkin (Russia)


International Laboratory "Vega"-

Chief - Alexandra Belyaeva (Russia)

Organizing Committee gratefully acknowledges the following financial contributors:

The Foundation "Strategiya" (Chair G.Burbulis)

Russian Academy of Education (President A.Petrovsky)

School of Cultural Policy (P.Shchedrovitsky)

International Laboratory "Vega" (Chief A.Belyaeva)

The Foundation IPEX



Monday, September 5
Tuesday, September 6
Wednesday, September 7

Thursday, September 8


6, September, Tuesday, 12.00 - 2.00

The System Organization of Mental Functions

Eugene Subbotsky / Deborah Farber

(UK) (Russia)

Eugene Subbotsky (UK)

Vygotsky's Distinction between Lower and Higher Mental Functions and Recent Studies on Infant Cognitive Development.

Deborah Farber, Natalia Dubrovinskaya (Russia)

The Development of Brain Mechanisms of Cognitive Processes and the Dynamic Localization of Mental Functions.

Fran Hagstrom (USA)

Social Origins and Functional Systems.

Seiki Iwao (Japan)

The Development of Mind as Psychological Systems.

The Zone of Proximal Development

Serena Veggetti / Vladimir Zinchenko

(Italy) (Russia)

Ki-Jo Fera Sonne (Denmark)

The Amazing Land of Zo'oped.

Serena Veggetti, Stephano Taddei (Italy)

The Concept of the ZO-Ped in the Perspective of a Concrete Application: The Problem of the Evaluation of the Obtained Results.

Kozuo Nakamura (Japan)

On the Interpretations of the Zone Proximal Development.

Galina Ivanchenko (Russia)

The Personality Zone of Proximal Development in the Context of Possible/Impossible Dichotomy.

Lois Holzman (USA)

Vygotsky as Clinician - Creative Proximal Development.

Information Technologies in Communication

Alexandra Belyaeva / Michael Cole

(Russia) (USA)

Technical Assistant - Tamara Bol'shakova (Russia)

Alexandra Belyaeva (Russia), Michael Cole (USA)

The Establishing and Development of FSU and US Scholars Cooperation Model Based On Computer- mediated Communication.

Vladimir Tsarev (Russia)

Telecommunication Resources for Psychologists: The Orientation In New Environment.

Irina Verenikina, Tatjiana Debelaya (Russia)

The Pecularities of Mediated Communication and Activity Structures In Organization of Teleconferences.

Alexandra Belyaeva, Olga Marchenko (Russia)

The Pecularities of New Communicational Events Perception While Getting Into Computer-Mediated Communication.

Alexandr Kharitonov (Russia) David Rolly (USA)

Joint Establishing of Relation Distributed Paleonthological Data Bases as the First Step in Creating of International Paleonthologist Community.

V.Muchina (Russia), Dorotee Duler (Germany)

The Use of Telecommunication in Internatonal Study of Teenagers Coming Into World of Money.

Michael Jaroshevsky (Russia)

The Conception of Opponent Circle in Telecommunication Creative Group Interaction.

S.Rajeva (Russia)

Neuron and Oriented Human Behaviour: The Necessity of Internatioal Cooperation Through Information Networks for Research Development.

Nadejda Tarabrina (Russia), Roger Pitman (USA)

Cross-Cultural Experimental Study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders Based on Non-stop Telecommunication Contact.

V.Lepsky (Russia), V. Lefevr (USA)

Problems of Establishing The Culture of Conflict Settling and Telecommunications: Achievements and Perspectives.

Juriy Oleinik (Russia)

The Study of Problems of Psychology History In International Cooperation Throgh Computer Networks.


The Use of International Telecommunication for New Methods of Contemporary Psychological Education.

Alexandr Voyskunsky (Russia)

The Development of External Means for Orientation in Communication.

Galina Soldatova (Russia)

Crosscultural Research of Ethnic Conflicts Using Telecommunications for Ethnologic Monitoring and Scholar Cooperation.

Vladimir Zinchenko (Russia)

Telecommunication: Meeting With Significance or With Meaning?

Pavel Balaban (Russia)

International Electronic Journal of Psichofisiology based on INTERNET Server: Results, Perspectives, Needs.

Maximina Maria Freire (Canada)

A Socio-Cultural/Semiotic Interpretation of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Mary Bacalarski (Brazil)

Vygotsky's Developmental Theories and the Adulthood of Computer Mediated Communication: A Comparison and an Illumination.

6, September, Tuesday, 3.30 - 6.30

Early and Preschool Development

Elena Smirnova / Manfred Holodynski

(Russia) (Poland)

Elena Kravtsova (Russia)

Psychological Formations in Preschool Age.

Angeles Molina Iturrondo, Annie Alonzo Amador, Carmen Milagros Velez- Vega (Puerto Rico)

Vygotsky and the Education of Infants and Toddlers.

Bert van Oers (The Netherlands)

On the Narrative Nature of Young Children's Iconic Representations: Some Evidence and Implications.

Manfred Holodynski (Germany)

Emotion and Expression in the Development of Emotional Interiorization.

Gennady Kravtsov (Russia)

The Principle of Unity of Affect and Intelligence in Education of Children of Preschool and Early School Age.

Tatiana Ermolova (Russia)

Psychological Analysis of Three-Year Crisis.

General Problems of Education

Isak Frumin / Willem Wardekker

(Russia) (The Netherlands)

Isak Frumin (Russia)

Toward the Developmental Education.

Boris Hasan (Russia)

L.Vygotsky's Works as a Source of Ideas for Education Based on Productive Conflicts.

Suzanne Miller (USA)

Vygotsky and Education: Developing Dialogic Thinking Through Text Discussion.

Willem Wardekker (The Netherlands)

Personal Identity and the Politics of Education: A Comparison between Critical and Vygotskian Theories of Education.

Pedro R. Portes (USA)

The Problem of Educational Inequality from a Cultural Historical Perspective.

Ivan Ivic (Yugoslavia)

The Vygotskian Child in Vygotskian and Non-Vygotskian Schools.

Falk Seeger (Germany)

On the Ethnography of Classroom Discourse.

7, September, Wednesday, 12.00 - 2.00

Consciousness and Creativity.

Rauf Karakozov (Azerbaijan)

Fran Hagstrom (USA)

Historical Context and Social Languages of Creativity.

Mary Jo Emilie May (USA)

The Descent into Ascending Consciousness: Looking Bidirectionally Through the Lens of Consciousness.

Rauf Karakozov (Azerbaijan)

Psychological Meaning and Functions of Private Diaries as Means for Consciousness Development.

The Zone of Proximal Development in the Diagnosis and Training of Mentally Retarded Children

John Belmont / Tatiana Akhutina

(USA) (Russia)

John Belmont (USA)

Empirical Tests of Relations between Psychomotor Intellegence and the Zone of Proximal Development.

Tatjana Akhutina (Russia)

Zone of Proximal Development in the Neuropsychological Assessment and Treatment of Learning Disabled Children.

Jagannath P. Das (Canada)

Application of the Zone of Proximal Development Paradigm in Remediating Reading Disability.

Nataly Belopolskaya (Russia)

Assessment of Cognitive and Emotional Components of the Zone of Proximal Development in Mentally Retarded Children.

Development in the Social Context

James Wertsch / Katerina Polivanova

(USA) (Russia)

Angela Lin, Amanda Rose, Peggy Miller (USA)

Social Construction of Autonomy in Linguistically-Mediated Interactions.

Valentina Ekimova (Russia)

Ecological Factor as a Component of the Developmental Situation of a Child.

Tunde Kovac-Cerovic (Yugoslavia)

Social Interaction and Metacognitive Development: Metacognitivelly Stimulative Aspect of Adult-Child Interaction.

Bill Penuel (USA)

Adult Guidance in Youth Development: Identity Construction in Youth Organizations.

Yutaka Sayeki (Japan)

How People Come to Participate in a Community of Practice.

Vladimir Sobkin (Russia)

The Concept of Social Developmental Situation in Vygotsky's Works.

Katerina Polivanova (Russia)

The Crises in Individual Development: Phenomenology and Mechanisms.

Elena Savina (Russia)

Children's Conceptions of the Soul at the age of 5-10 as a Result of Spontaneous Culture Acquisition.

Gershon Breslav (Latvia)

Social Developmental Situation of a Child and Gender Identity.

Dijana Plut (Yugoslavia)

The Textbook as a Child-Culture Encounter Place.

7, September, 3.30 - 6.30

Thinking and Social Construction of Knowledge

Paolo Sorzio / Peter Tulviste

(Italy) (Estonia)

Jack A. Naglieri (USA)

A New Theory of Intelligence Called PASS: Ties to Luria and Vygotsky.

Paolo Sorzio (Italy)

Cultural Representation and Individual Understanding: Comparing the Historical and the Inferential Models of Thinking.

Kris Kowal (USA)

Vygotsky and Wittgenstein: Research Implications of a Social Theory of Knowledge.

Vladimir Spiridonov (Russia)

Socio-Cultural Approach to the Ontogenesis of Productive Thinking.

Peter Smagorinsky (USA)

The Social Construction of Data: Methodological Problems of Investigating Learning in the Zone of Proximal Development.

David Bearison (USA)

Children's Peer Interaction and Their Social Construction and Reconstruction of Knowing.

Maria Sesilia Goes (Brazil)

The Subject, the Other, and the Object: Examining Issues on Knowledge Construction.

Vygotsky and the General Themes in Psychology

Vladimir Munipov / Rene van der Veer

(Russia) (The Netherlands)

Rene van der Veer (The Netherland)

Vygotsky's Concept of a General Psychology.

Elena Sokolova (Russia)

The Problem of Units of Analysis of Human Mental Life in Vygotsky's Theory and Contemporary Psychology.

Vladimir Munipov (Russia)

Vladimir Umrikhin (Russia)

Vygotsky in the Dialogue between Western and Russian Psychology.

Aleksandr Shapiro (Russia)

Spiritual-Religious Motives in Vygotsky's Life and Work.

Aleksandar Baukal, Jelena Pesic (Yugoslavia)

Vygotsky and Psychoanalysis: Toward Dialogue.

Perspective on Literacy Research

Aleksey Leontiev / Jan Luczynsky

(Russia) (Poland)

Bobby Cummings (USA)

A Paradigm for Understanding Contemporary American Education, Culture, and Literacy.

Ann Merle Feldman (USA)

The Researcher and the Other: Methodological Considerations for Literacy Research.

Mary Kay Mulvaney (USA)

Do You See What I See: Adapting Soviet Activity Theory as a Lens for Literacy Research.

Lisbeth Dixon Krauss (USA)

A Mediation Model for Dynamic Literacy Instruction.

Jan Luczynsky (Poland)

Vygotsky ahd the Study on Written Language: Contemporary Perspectives.

Aleksander Lobok (Russia)

The Development of Fluent Written Speech in the First Grade Schoolchildren in the Context of Probabilistic Education.

Carol Berkenkotter (USA)

How Writing Reconfigures the Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Activity: A Neo-Vygotskian Perspective.

Margaret Allan (Australia)

A Vygotskian Framework for TESOL Materials Development.

8, September, Thursday, 12.00 - 2.00

Genetic Methods in Psychology

Ludmila Obukhova / Jacques Haenen

(Russia) (The Netherlands)

Jacques Haenen (The Netherlands)

Galperin's Critique and Extension of Lev Vygotsky's Work.

Aleksandr Liders, Yuri Frolov (Russia)

From Vygotsky to Galperin: the Evolution of the Experimental Genetic Methodology in Psychology.

Maarten K. van der Heijden (The Netherlands)

A Holistic Operational Definition of the Concept of Approach Behavior and Its Function for the Study of Personality and Learning.

Personality in the Social-Cultural Framework

Dmitriy Leontiev / Vladimir Ageyev

(Russia) (Russia)

Elena Mazur (Russia)

The Problems of Sense Regulation in Vygotskian Framework.

Adam Niemczynski (Poland)

Theory of Human Individual Development: Inspirations from Vygotsky.

Vladimir Ageyev (Russia)

Authoritarian Personality as a Subject of Cross-Cultural Analysis.

Dmitriy Leontiev, Iolanta Dombrovskaya (Russia)

Humour as a Higher Mental Function.

Psychology of Art

Vladimir Sobkin / Maria Kielar-Turska

(Russia) (Poland)

Julia M. Matuga (USA)

New Pictures of an Art Room: Observing Peer Interaction and Artistic Development.

Maria Kielar-Turska (Poland)

Tales and Children: How Are the Aesopic Tales Interpreted by the Children of To-day?

Vladimir Zinchenko (Russia)

The Problem of the Ideal Form: Vygotsky and Mandel'shtam.

Vladimir Sobkin (Russia)

Vygotsky's Psychology of Art and Empirical Psychology of Art.

Andrey Puzyrey (Russia)

Cultural-Historical Theory of Art as a Paradigm for a New Psychology.

Alexandra Moiseyeva (Russia)

Art as Cathalist of the Development of the Subjective Image of the World.

8, September, Thursday, 3.30 - 5.30

Speech and Cognition

Tatiana Ushakova / Gordon Wells

(Russia) (Canada)

Aleksandra Vorozhbitova (Russia)

Vygotsky's Ideas and the Rhetoric Theory of Strong Linguistic Personality.

Tatiana Ushakova (Russia)

The Psychology of Inner Speech

Ana Luiza Smolka, Maria Nazare da Cruz (Brazil)

Words and Gestures in Interactional Dynamics.

Ian Jasper (Finland)

Vygotskian Ideas of Meaning and Humanistic Approaches to Second Language Teaching.

Gordon Wells (Canada)

Doing, Reading, Writing, and Talking Science: "The Development of Scientific Concepts in Childhood" Revisited.

Wanda Rodrigues (Puerto Rico)

Cognitive Research in Puerto Rico: A Sociocultural Interpretation.

Action and Mediation

Boris Elkonin


Bonnie Burrell (USA)

The Study of Narrative as a Mediated Action from a Socio-Historical Perspective.

Ronald Miller (South Africa)

To Be Is an Answer; Not to Be Is the Question: Action, Understanding, and Human Mediation.

Elena Bugrimenko (Russia)

Transition Forms of Tool-Mediation.

Hideaki Takahashi (Japan)

Learning Aids as Psychological Tools and Its Microgenetic Development.

Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Tatiana Akhutina / Fran Hagstrom

(Russia) (USA)

Jelena Vahakuopus (Finland)

The Neurocognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Mentally Retarded Persons.

Steven Thomas Hardy (USA)

Vygotsky's Contribution to Mentally Healthy Deaf Adults.

Merrie Beth Fisher (USA)

Teacher Attitudes: Identification and Modification toward Students with Special Needs in a General Education Setting.

Historical Representation and National Identity

James Wertsch / Peter Tulviste

(USA) (Estonia)

James Wertsch (USA)

The Use of Cultural Tools in Historical Representation.

Peter Tulviste (Estonia)

Two Histories: The Official and the Unofficial.

Michail Holquist (USA)

The Nature of Narrative in History.

Mark Rozin (Russia)

Attitude, Emotion and History.