I need a 1-page response to the question that is underlined in red at the bottom of this paper. Use any references you need to answer the question!
Is there any sense of individuality in Vygotsky’s Theory?
Personally, I was pretty taken away with the way Vygotsky views development. It is pretty clear that one of the major differences between Piaget and Vygotsky is their stance on the influence of culture. On one hand, Vygotsky believes, “enculturation…it is something that children do” and “much of development has to do with changes in how children participate in the activities offered by a culture” (Miller, p. 171). When Miller dives into what culture is and the four things it influences (Miller, p. 172-173), it made me wonder whether we, as individuals, have any individual “control” over our actions, ideas, etc. When I read this chapter on Vygotsky, I realized that culture encompassed many different environments or subcultures. I did not necessarily think about it in the way that my environment has ultimately shaped the way I think, feel, eat, sleep, etc. (basically, everything!!) When I thought about it, I thought that maybe I had been influenced by the adults/environments around me for so long that perhaps, my ideas/actions were actually a variation of their ideas (in my own sense). That is where I see us, as individuals, take ownership of our own development. Do you think there is a greater sense of individuality in Piaget or Vygotsky’s theory?
Source: Miller, P. H. (2016). Theories of developmental psychology. Worth publishers. https://youtu.be/Axi7xctulbM