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Week 20: Wertsch (1985) "The Social Origins of Higher Mental Functions"

This chapter discusses Lev Vygotsky’s approach to developmental processes; the historical roots of his work; and his impact on modern psychology. In this review I would like to focus in on three concepts that Wertsch highlights in his discussion, which I think are crucial for understanding the interaction of culture and cognition: [1] inter-psychological prior to intra-psychological; [2] internalisation as transformation; and [3] the zone of proximal development. 746 more words

Weekly Reading

Some Things Take Time

Jessica and I took an adventurous walk yesterday, trying to get better acquainted with our new surroundings. Having recently moved we are becoming adept explorers, letting curiosity be our guide as we try new things and experience new places. 397 more words

Lindsay 2.0

Close Looking: What Does Problem Solving Look Like?

Close looking, “a deep, precise understanding of the (image’s) form, craft, meanings, etc.” (adapted from nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) provides an opportunity to stop, look, and think. 267 more words

Wondering And Questioning

Final Reflection

Final reflection

The advancement of information and communication technology (ICT) has permeated culture, and we live in a global knowledge-based society reliant on technologies in distinctive domains of our lives: This is especially apparent for students who have grown-up socialised by technology. 492 more words

Digital World

Update: Can-do descriptors of language development

One of the questions I often wrestled with as a starting teacher was how to build a logical and developmentally sound curriculum.  I’ve written a blog about it before… 575 more words


Zone of Proximal Development

The photo above shows 3 levels of task demands for children based on Vygotsky’s levels of development.

  • On the left is a level in which the student can readily perform the task independently, i.e.
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Settling in

The first week of a new year is always hectic. The second week, on the other hand, is always more relaxing. Somehow, professors understand that we cannot read 10 articles per subject so they have already cut down our workload. 343 more words