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Re: [xmca] zpd zbr zedpd and zoped

Kris D. Gutiérrez 
Professor and Provost's Chair 
School of Education 
University of Colorado 
249 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0249 

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On Nov 12, 2010, at 5:23 PM, mike cole <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:

> I am answering David's question about "why zoped." I did not include it in
> my talk because I am uncertain of the audience's national
> backgrounds and was assuming "mixed but mostly Russian speakers". The talk
> was supposed to be about 20 minutes long and I was
> uncertain of the time. And I was also mindful of the fact that on Tuesday
> following its showing at the Vygotsky readings, I will be discussing the
> issues raised, and whatever people feel like talk about via skype, sooooooo.
> As many know, when i organize obrazovanie, I like to mix serious stuff with
> play. Also, I have a long term interest in the the enculturation
> practices and processes of peoples for whom literacy has not been a central
> part of enculturation until, perhaps, recent times. And, I enjoy
> participating in the forms of activity that emerge when zopeds are created
> as a part of our research and educational practices.
> With that context (add or subtract to taste) the notion of a zoped came from
> two sources. First of all, it IS easier to say! :-)
> Secondly, it involves forms of pedagogy -- arranging for the young to
> acquire valued skills, knowledge, belief, behaviors, etc --
> Third, when it works, it seems like "something happened," a qualitative
> field that sometimes can be like flow, sometimes can be
> triggered by timely juxtapositions, montage-like. And it seems to lead to a
> more inclusive, more integrated way of relating to the world at least
> in that setting. Whatever this "something" is, it has a magical quality to
> it.
> In Liberia when and where I pretended to work once upon a time the most
> respected, revered, and feared members of the community were
> shamen, a concept referred to in Liberia at the time (across language
> groups, so far as I could tell) as a Zo, what popular culture refers to
> as "witch doctors." They were THE teachers. But they worked through magic.
> That about sums up my idea of the zone of proximal development. It requires
> sage pedagogy and a touch of magic. When those are combined,
> they, of course, constitute a zo-ped.
> I personally recommend spending time in such third spaces. :-))
> mike
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