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Definition of Zone of proximal development

Zone of proximal development Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Dictionary of Postmodern Terms
Vygotsky 's term for an environment that supports learning.  In the zpd of infancy, for example, adults speak to the child before the child is able to understand saying things like, "It's chilly here.  That's why we have to bundle up," even though the infant is not yet know these phrases.  Neverthless, hearing things
like this over and over assists the development of the child's ability to speak.
Zone of proximal development Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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The zone of proximal development, often abbreviated as ZPD, is the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can do with help. It is a concept introduced, yet not fully developed, by Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1896–1934) during the last ten years of his life. Vygotsky stated that a child follows an adult's example and gradually develops the ability to do certain tasks without help. Vygotsky and some other educators believe that the role of education is to give children experiences that are within their zones of proximal development, thereby encouraging and advancing their individual learning.

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