Cultural tools shape cognitive development and can include both technical tools, which act on the environment, and psychological tools, which are tools for thinking. Discuss Vygotsky’s belief that language is the most significant of the cultural tools. Do you agree or disagree? Examine the given images of other psychological tools. Choose one of the given tools and discuss how that tool may influence cognitive development from the perspective of the sociocultural theories. What do you feel are the ramifications of your tool on student learning? Is your chosen tool an example of the “ratchet effect”? Defend your answer.
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