Rubtzov, Vitaly

Rector of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

Academic degree:

Ph.D. in Psychology, Professor,
Full Member of the Russian Academy of Education,
Honorary Professor of the University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA)

Honours: Friendship Order, Ushinsky Medal (awarded twice), President’s Prize in Education.

Scientific Biography:

Vitaly V. Rubtsov is one of Russia’s leading psychologists, a specialist in general psychology, pedagogical psychology and age psychology. His works concerning the issues of joint activity, group teaching/learning and developmental education are widely known in Russia and abroad. His scientific activity is closely connected with the Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Science, where he had started working as a fellow in 1972 and became its head in 1992 (and still holds the position today). He has been heading the Laboratory of Psychological Foundations of New Educational Technologies since 1981. Research carried out by Vitaly Rubtsov describes a typology of teaching models that take into account age-specific abilities and peculiar features of development typical of different groups of children, making it possible to effectively solve various problems arising in education and in teaching children with developmental disorders in particular.

Being a member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Education and the President of the Federation of Russian Educational Psychologists, Vitaly Rubtsov participates in research, organisational and practical work. Since 1997 Vitaly Rubtsov has been the Rector of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education. He is the Chairman of the Editorial Councils of the journals “Voprosy Psikhologii” (“Questions of psychology”), “Vestnik Prakticheskoi Psikhologii”, (“News of practical psychology”), ‘Psychological Science and Education’, ‘Cultural-Historical Psychology’ (an international journal published by the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education), and a member of the ISCAR (International Society for Cultural and Activity Research) Executive Committee. He also is a board member of the Moscow Department of Education and a member of the Expert Council Presidium of the ‘Vnimaniye’ (“attention”) fund.

Research Interests

Several fundamental research works on psychological logic and mechanisms of organizing joint learning activity as well as on the genesis of cognitive actions in children were conducted under the guidance of Vitaly Rubtsov. He has substantiated a new variant of the experimental-genetic method that enables studying the origins of cognitive actions in children more deeply. Currently several national programmes and international projects aimed at studying conditions of effective use of new educational technologies and models of teaching different groups of children are being implemented under the guidance of Vitaly Rubtsov. The results obtained in these studies are widely applied in educational practices. For his scientific and practical achievements Vitaly Rubtsov was awarded the President’s Prize in Education (1998) and given the title of the Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation (2004).


Vitaly Rubtsov has published more than 200 scientific works including fundamental monographs, such as ‘Osnovy sotsial’no-geneticheskoi psihologii’ (Fundamentals of social-genetic psychology). Many of his works have been translated into English, German, French, Japanese and other languages. To see the complete list of publications go to

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