Re: [xmca] LSV-CK

From: Beth Ferholt (
Date: Mon Nov 13 2006 - 09:38:25 PST

Apologies for duplicating this information: the change in the subject
line meant I read one thread through and responded before reading the
other thread.
My notes on Vygotsky and Chukovsky refer me to the below paper by
Lindqvist, but also to areas of her book "The Aesthetics of Play":
the paper is so brief that it is hard to understand the claim she is
making -- that Elkonin and Leont'ev have interpreted Vygotsky's
theories of play in such a way that his criticism of "Crocodile" can
be considered his final word, whereas he actually considered
children's play with nonsense to be early creativity.

On Nov 12, 2006, at 4:27 PM, Vera Steiner wrote:

> Hi,
> I am delighted to read that your group is starting to address the
> topic of creativity. I think the book referred to in the abstract
> by Lindquist on creativity in childhood is really his article
> "Imagination and creativity in childhood" that appeared in Soviet
> Psychology among other places In addition to the works cited.your
> group may also be interested in the article by Seana Moran and I
> on " Creativity in the making" in a K.Sawyer edited volume "
> Creativity and Development." It is an analysis of Vygotsky's ideas
> on these topics.
> Vera
> Mike Cole wrote:
>> David-- Google is a place to look for lsv-ck connections. Here is an
>> interesting source. Locally we are
>> just starting to get into serious study of imagination and
>> creativity, an
>> area that Ana and others are way
>> ahead on.
>> mike
>> Abstract
>> Creativity Research Journal <>
>> 2003, Vol. 15, No. 2&3, Pages 245-251
>> (doi:10.1207/S15326934CRJ152&3_14)
>> Vygotsky's Theory of Creativity
>> Gunilla Lindqvist?University of Karlstad
>> In Educational Psychology (1997/1926), Vygotsky pleaded for a
>> realistic
>> approach to children's literature. He is, among other things,
>> critical of
>> Chukovsky's story "Crocodile" and maintains that this story deals
>> with
>> nonsense and gibberish, without social relevance. This approach
>> Vygotsky
>> would leave soon, and, in Psychology of Art (1971/1925), in which he
>> develops his theory of art, he talks about connections between
>> nursery
>> rhymes and children's play, exactly as the story of Chukovsky had
>> done with
>> the following argument: By dragging a child into a topsy-turvy
>> world, we
>> help his intellect work and his perception of reality. In his book
>> Imagination and Creativity in Childhood (1995/1930), Vygotsky goes
>> further
>> and develops his theory of creativity. The book describes how
>> Vygotsky
>> regards the creative process of the human consciousness, the link
>> between
>> emotion and thought, and the role of the imagination. To Vygotsky,
>> this
>> brings to the fore the issue of the link between reality and
>> imagination,
>> and he discusses the issue of reproduction and creativity, both of
>> which
>> relate to the entire scope of human activity. Interpretations of
>> Vygotsky in
>> the 1990s have stressed the role of literature and the development
>> of a
>> cultural approach to psychology and education. It has been
>> overlooked that
>> Vygotsky started his career with work on the psychology of art.
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