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Re: [xmca] P&L on LSV's definition of Education

The folks I was just with in Brazil focus a lot on second language learning and they are good!
Not sure what there is to read in English but perhaps Fernanda and/or Cecilia will take me up on this invitation!

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On Nov 22, 2010, at 7:03 PM, mike cole wrote:

> I was struck by the definition of education that P&L offer from LSV's essay
> on the instrumental method (I am guessing a pre-1930 document, but i have
> not checked). Anyway, it is introduced with the idea that for LSV
> "educational development is 'artificial' ":
> Education my be defined as the artificial development of the child.
> Education is the artificial mastery of natural processes of development.
> Education not only influences certain processes of development, but
> restructions all functions of behavior in a most essential manner."
> A few things perplexed me in reading this. First, it seems that the some
> phrase such as "mediation through artifacts" might help in this case
> (although i can get off on the idea that of educational development being
> artificial development!). More importantly, it seems to me that the term
> translated here as Education (hmmm, what was it in Russian?) has to be a
> whole lot broader than formal education mediated by written language (or
> neat films!), which is the topic here. This way of defining things seems to
> underplay what is instructive about formal schooling (and learning a new
> language in school, not in bed, which is where Pushkin advised doing one's
> second and later language learnings!).
> The tremendous challenge in acquiring L2 in school is a byproduct of the
> particular forms of education and the 30: 1 ratio problem that is raised in
> the paper. The methods illustrated in this paper and in this issue of MCA
> altogether seem to speak to both these issues.
> mike
> PS-- gotta see that computer program that provides flexible support, or some
> degree of flexible support, for Lw2 teaching and evaluation!
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