Re: [xmca] action based research

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Fri Dec 01 2006 - 12:08:18 PST

What references are you using to chactertize the Kharkhov School, Eric? Why
action when it is there that activity came to the fore as a central concept?

On 12/1/06, <> wrote:
> I believe there is a distinct difference between the Cartesian dualism of
> the subject-object psychological experimentation and the action based
> research of the 'Kharkov School'. In the action based psychological
> experiment the emphasis is upon goal orientated social behavior.
> Therefore, I believe it is this focus on the social otherness that sets
> apart the action based research. This otherness at some point becomes a
> tool for a person to utilize to further their own development. That I
> believe is the kernel, the nut, the essence of what needs to be answered.
> At what point in development does a person realize that the otherness can
> be a tool to further their own development?
> In action based research there is not the sterile confines of a laboratory
> but rather 'experiments' can be conducted anywhere as long as the goal
> being attained is clearly defined. The empirical evidence gathered from
> these action based experiments gleaned information for researchers to
> place
> great emphasis upon semiosis. However, this still anchors a person's
> thinking within the materialistic realm of subject-object but I believe it
> to be a different anchoring than what results from mere
> antecedent-behavior
> associations. Besides being associative and quantitative in nature the
> results of an action oriented empirical experiment provides qualitative
> evidence towards answering the question posed in the above paragraph.
> what do others think?
> eric
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