Hi Cathrene and Lois--
My copy of the book went to the person who is writing a review for MCA, so
do not have it to hand.
But it is clearly a good source to turn to as a way of mapping out ways of
talking about imitation and zoped. For those who have not yet ordered the
book, its possible to get a good sample of what
Cathrene was referring to by checking Amazon.com, and searching the
for, say, imitation.
To much there for me to type out each example, but here is a passage from
Lois's chapter that I found thought provoking.
"Children do not imitate anything and everything as a parrot does, rather
what is beyond them developmentally speaking and yet present in their
environment and their relationships."
So, there are several relevant distinctions implied in just this one
Children and parrots imitate differently
Parrots imitate everything (I am assuming that we are talking about
spoken by humans?, not sure).
Children imitate only what is going to develop at some proximal time.
In this context, the use of the term "creative imitation" which I have
trying to think about for the past several months, brings to mind the
that there must be something called "non-creative imitation" but
I am not sure what a synonym would be that could be substituted for
"non-creative" as a positive characterization.
So, Cathrene, Lois, and Ana, what "kinds of imitation" do you think it
considering for our purposes?
Harking back to Michael Glassman's earlier note in this thread, I do not
think that it is helpful to contrast imitation with mimicry without
specification. The first three primary definitions of mimicry used by the
Oxford English Dictionary all involve the term, imitation, as a part of
their defining characteristics. If they are not simply synonyms according
the OED, the variations are very underspecified.
Clearly Lois sees an intimate relation between imitation as she interprets
that process and zopeds and adds another important term, creativity.
We now have three core theoretical terms imbricated in the discussion of a
cultural historical approach to development. If there are three core terms
and, say, 3 interpretions of each term (imitation, zoped, creativity)
like a pretty large matrix of possible interconnections as part of the
system of development. My guess is that kinds of specifications cluster,
I have only a vague sense of how, so far.
Is creative/non-creative the place to start, and then see what kinds of
additional distinctions are warrantable?
On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM, Lois Holzman <
Thanks, Cathrene, for the plug! I've wanted to get into this conversation
but just can't right now, so that article will have to suffice for anyone
Warm wishes to all for 2011 and new world creating,
Don't forget to check out the latest at http://loisholzman.org
Lois Holzman, Ph.D.
Director, East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy
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New York NY 10010
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On Dec 29, 2010, at 2:20 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
> Hi there,
> Lois Holzman has some excellent observations about creativity, learning
and imitation in her chapter in Vygotsky and Creativity. So do Oreck &
Nicholls in the same text, although their statments are less direct and
> Happy New Year to all,
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