RE: [xmca] back to the Zoped - sorry

From: Peter Smagorinsky <smago who-is-at>
Date: Sat Jul 19 2008 - 05:53:27 PDT

Deborah, the professor-student relationship is one of possibly many zpds
that beginning teachers are involved with, and they aren't all leading to
the same destination. Typically the university values some variety of
progressive education, yet the schools are pulling them toward something
else, a trajectory that fits with the generally conservative values of
schools. I've written a bit about this and will attach one paper of possible
interest. p

Peter Smagorinsky
The University of Georgia
125 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602

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Subject: [xmca] back to the Zoped - sorry

I'm looking back over XMCA Zoped discussions from years past trying to
clarify my understanding of the way CHAT conceives of the development of the
more capable member of the triad.

I'm looking at undergraduate students in practicum learning programs and
would like to think in terms of embedded, or cascading, or interactive

Maybe it's enough just to situate them in different positions in two
concurrent zopeds? at once the novice to the professor's expertise and the
expert to the novice child? But the professor isn't always present at the
time of the undergrad/child interaction - unfortunately not even in mind at
times - and yet the undergrad surely continues to develop. How might we
think about this?

While it seems to be widely accepted that teaching is an effective method of
deepening one's understanding of a topic, there doesn't seem to be a lot
written about this. Or maybe I'm not looking in the right places.

Deborah Downing Wilson
Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition
University of California San Diego
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