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[xmca] synchronic contexts & play
Hi Mike and Andy
I was just re-reading the article you and Natalia wrote in the edited book
"The Sociocultural Turn in Psychology" The title was "Vygotsky and Context:
Towards a Theoretical Resolution" I wanted to return to this article after
reading Andy's 2 articles posted, - on the historical development of the
concept "Gestalt" and his article on the concept of activity.
[I would recommend others read these three articles together]
Mike, you and Natalia referenced a study by Nielsen and Dissanayake which
shows that young children can hold and act upon a false belief in their PEER
PLAY but could not act upon the false belief when participating in a
standard false belief task. Their cognitive abilities in play were more
advanced. My question is if Andy's notion of a COLLABORATIVE project [for
these children a play context] can give an explanation of this phenomena.
Also I want to link the centrality of syncronic contexts with my musings on
2nd person and 3rd person perspectives.
Is it possible that standard false belief tasks require a 3rd person stance
on the task whereas the play setting supports 2nd person perspectives [which
are "shared mind" contexts that are fundamentally intersubjective]. If this
is possible then synchronic zpd's that developmentally "hold" shared mind
co-constructions [2nd person contexts] PRECEDE the development of 3rd person
objective spectator false beliefs and 1st person experiences of false
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