Mind, Culture, and Activity: Seminal Papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition

Mind, Culture, and Activity: Seminal Papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition

by Michael Cole
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521552389

ISBN-13: 9780521552387

Pub. Date: 07/01/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume brings together articles from the Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition that are important benchmarks in the recent history of research and theory on the cultural and contextual foundations of human development. The central theme of this discussion can be posed as a question: How shall we develop a psychology that takes as…  See more details below

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This volume brings together articles from the Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition that are important benchmarks in the recent history of research and theory on the cultural and contextual foundations of human development. The central theme of this discussion can be posed as a question: How shall we develop a psychology that takes as its starting point the actions of people participating in routine, culturally organized activities? The discussion is structured through a set of overarching themes of importance to psychologists and other social scientists: the nature of context; experiments as contexts; culture-historical theories of culture, context, and development; the analysis of classroom settings as a socially important context of development; the psychological analysis of activity in situ; and questions of power and discourse. This book will appeal to social scientists interested in a cultural approach to cognition, development, and education.

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ISBN-13:
9780521552387
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1Introduction1
2When is a context? Some issues and methods in the analysis of social competence22
3Plying frames can be dangerous: Some reflections on methodology in cognitive anthropology32
4Concepts of ecological validity: Their differing implications for comparative cognitive research49
5What's special about experiments as contexts for thinking57
6Sociolinguistic structure of word lists and ethnic-group differences in categorized recall70
7Looking for Big Bird: Studies of memory in very young children79
8"Body analogy" and the cognition of rotated figures90
9Paradigms and prejudice100
10The early history of the Vygotskian school: The relationship between mind and activity117
11One developmental line in European Activity Theories128
12Activity; consciousness, and communication147
13The sound of the violin164
14Non-Cartesian artifacts in dwelling activities: Steps towards a semiotic ecology185
15The invention of writing and the development of numerical concepts in Sumeria: Some implications for developmental psychology205
16Collective memory: Issues from a sociohistorical perspective226
17Students' interactional competence in the classroom235
18The competence/incompetence paradox in the education of minority culture children241
19The organization of bilingual lessons: Implications for schooling254
20Kanji help readers of Japanese infer the meaning of unfamiliar words269
21Functional environments for microcomputers in education279
22"But it's important data!" Making the demands of a cognitive experiment meet the educational imperatives of the classroom292
23Performance before competence: Assistance to child discourse in the zone of proximal development303
24Low-income children's preschool literacy experiences: Some naturalistic observations313
25Selling candy: A study of cognition in context330
26Mediation and automatization338
27Mind in action: A functional approach to thinking354
28Coordination, cooperation, and communication in the courts: Expansive transitions in legal work369
29The politics of representation389
30Wisdom from the periphery: Talk, thought, and politics in the ethnographic theater of John Millington Synge409
31Learning to be deaf: Conflicts between Hearing and Deaf cultures418
32Why must might be right? Observations on sexual herrschaft432
33Just say no: Responsibility and resistance473
Author Index485
Subject Index490

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