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Units & Elements

A Unit is the smallest part of a complex process which exhibits the essential properties of the whole. Elements are the irreducible heterogeneous components which together make up the whole. For example, the H2O molecule is the unit of water, while the H and O are the elements making up water. Vygotsky thus described his methodology as “analysis by units.”

See Unit of Analysis.


Vygotsky, L. S. (1934). The Problem and the Approach, Chapter 1 of Thinking and Speech, in LSVCW, v. 1, pp. 43–51.

-- AndyBlunden - 12 Nov 2013


Topic revision: r5 - 14 Nov 2013, AndyBlunden

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