Re: [xmca] Vygotsky on "defectology"

Date: Mon Dec 18 2006 - 07:16:32 PST


I appreciate the interest you take in this area. My respect for Vygotsky
started when I found a core of his study was in defectology. I am a
teacher of students receiving special education services in the United
States. It is unfortunate that the focus in the United States is defecit
based. This approach lead me to research different approaches to
educational psychology. I was satisfied when I found the work of Vygotsky.
I believe that Vygotsky viewed the study of defectology as he did the study
of human development, as an open ended system. Therefore, a person less
developed would be a snapshot of the continuum of human development (i.e.
the autistic stuck in a time loop that continually plays the early months
of a person's life).

Excited to see your paper!


                      "Mike Cole"
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Hi Katerina--

Yes, it seems as if it would be very helpful to have your article along
the two
Vygotsky chapters to enrich a discussion on defectology. I wonder what he
have thought of entitling a journal on this topic "Special Needs
Education."? Seems
a little counter to his views at first glance.

PS-- Send along the article and we will get it posted asap

On 12/16/06, Katarina Rodina <> wrote:
> Mike,thank you. I`m interested in methodology in the cultural-historical
> and activity approach to ontogeny and disontogeny, and their interaction
> from a theoretical point of view. Na etu temu u menja - statya
> submitted for publication for publication in The European Journal of
> Special Needs Education, 2007)
> Title:
> "Vygotsky`s Social Constructionist View on Disability: A Methodology for
> Inclusive Education"
> Abstract:
> This article analyses Vygotsky`s social constructionist view on
> and its practical implementation in contemporary inclusive education. The
> article focuses on the main concepts in Vygotsky`s theory on
> dysontogenesis
> (presented as a social constructionist view on disability), constituting
> the cultural-historical psychological basis for the Russian model in the
> contemporary inclusive preschool education. In this article a short
> presentation of methodological basis of special education in Russia will
> be given. The aim with the article is to cover following questions: 1)
> What is the core of the social constructionist understanding of learning
> and development in
> dysontogenesis? 2) How can we achieve an appropriate understanding of
> handicaps as a socio-cultural developmental phenomenon in accordance with
> Vygotsky`s social constructionist views on disability? 3) How may
> Vygotsky`s theory on dysontogenesis be implemented in
> contemporary inclusive classrooms?
> If you find this article interesting, I can send you the full text
> of the article.
> Best regards,
> Katarina
> On Thu, December 14, 2006 18:46, Mike Cole wrote:
> > At the inspiration of Katrina, I have had the introduction and first
> chapter
> > of Vygotsky's work on defectology, vol 2 of collected works,
> > placed on the "papers for discussion" part of the xmca web page. The
> issues
> > Katrina raised are very important but it seemed that it
> > would be difficult to have proper discussion if many xmca members could
> not
> > get access.
> >
> > I had to refresh my page to see the articles. You may need to do the
> same.
> >
> > We are also hoping that Erlbaum will soon post the article for
> discussion
> > from MCA by Cobb and colleagues. They have been slow
> > to respond. But we will keep after them!
> > mike
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> Katarina A. Rodina
> MSc in Speech-Language Therapy,
> PhD-Research Fellow,
> Department of Special Needs Education
> University of Oslo
> P.O.Box 1140 Blindern
> NO-0318 OSLO,Norway
> Phone: +47 22 85 81 38
> Fax: +47 22 85 80 21
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> St.Petersburg, Russia
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