Category Archives: Sociocultural

The Development of the Mediated Mind – Sociocultural Context and Cognitive Development

Katherine Nelson’s view of cognitive development as an interactive process, mediated by culture, context, language, and social interaction, has shaped the current field of cognitive development. The impact of Katherine’s views on the sociocultural basis of cognition and her functionalist … Continue reading

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Social Relationships – Cognitive, Affective, and Motivational Processes

The extraordinary importance of personal relationships to the health and happiness of human beings hardly can be overstated. From the time they are born, humans crave love and intimacy and the joy of knowing that they are valued and cherished … Continue reading

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Learning in Cultural Context – Family, Peers and School

This book is the product of a series of workshops, focused on sociocultural theory and its applications to learning. The workshops focused primarily on three related questions of shared interest: What are the best conditions for learning? How can we … Continue reading

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Global Learning through the lens of Vygotskian Sociocultural Theory

Vygotsky saw mental and cultural development as ‘mediated’ by artefacts, including tools and signs. He used his ‘genetic method’ to investigate higher cognitive processes in historical context. These insights are foundational to sociocultural theory, which is widely used in education … Continue reading

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From relational ontology to transformative activist stance on development and learning: expanding Vygotsky’s (CHAT) project

This paper offers steps towards overcoming current fragmentation within sociocultural approaches by expansively reconstructing a broad dialectical view on human development and learning (drawing on Vygotsky’s project) underwritten by ideology of social justice. The common foundation for sociocultural approaches is … Continue reading

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Building understanding of the philosophy of science through immediate and mediated resources

Read In order to analyze individual and collaborative learning we need to move from analyzing structures of talk separated from their contexts toward a more contextualized approach for studying learning. This means that in addition to studying cognitive aspects of … Continue reading

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The transformation of learning: advances in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Learning is a changing phenomenon, depending on the advances in theory and research. This book presents a relatively new approach to learning, based on meaningful human activities in cultural practices and in collaboration with others. It draws extensively from the … Continue reading

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Everyday Cognition: Development in Social Context

In Everyday Cognition leading scholars in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology have joined forces to examine how thinking and cognitive development are influenced by social context. John Seely Brown, Michael Cole, Herbert P. Ginsburg, Patricia Greenfirld, Hugh Mehan, Sylvia … Continue reading

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Understanding Imaginative Thinking During Childhood

What if we viewed imaginative thought and creativity as fundamental to cognition? What if discussions of school reform focused on infusing imaginative thinking into the curriculum instead of ‘‘covering the content’’ and ‘‘teaching to the test’’? In this paper, we … Continue reading

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