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RE: [xmca] FW: vygotsky in perspective
The author is new to me:
Ronald Miller, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Ronald Miller is Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His teaching and research interests have been in the field of cognitive development with a particular focus on learning and change, especially in relation to academic literacy and access to higher education, and he has been involved in the study of Vygotsky and Piaget's theories for over 30 years.
Is anyone familiar with his work?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of mike cole
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:53 PM
To: Anton Yasnitsky; eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] FW: vygotsky in perspective
Seriously Anton? I was asked to review the book but had to decline for
I guess if this is as good as V&V that checks me out of the game. So far
as I can tell, people like Jim Wertsch and I were SO wrong, that either we
were unbelievably stupid (in which case, what nefarious things did we do to
be allowed to do any interpreting at all!?) or
we are just a bad lot. Or maybe both?
As Peter says, it stops short of shooting!
On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 9:13 AM, Anton Yasnitsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
> Thanks for posting this, Peter!
> The book is an absolute and unconditional treasure, a mandatory reading for
> anybody interested in Vygotskian issues, and, I truly believe, it will soon
> become a classic source, like van der Veer and Valsiner's (1991)
> "Understanding Vygotsky".
> For those interested, some excerpts are available online @
> From: Peter Smagorinsky <email@example.com>
> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 11:29:06 AM
> Subject: [xmca] FW: vygotsky in perspective
> I just got notice of a new book on LSV:
> Main Author: Miller, Ronald, 1943-
> Title: Vygotsky in perspective / Ronald Miller.
> Primary Material: Book
> Subject(s): Vygotskii, L. S. (Lev Semenovich), 1896-1934.
> Psychologists Soviet Union.
> Psychology Soviet Union History.
> Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press,
> Description: xiii, 451 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
> Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
> "Lev Vygotsky has acquired the status of one of the
> masters in psychology. Following the English
> and publication of his Collected Works there has been
> new wave of interest in Vygotsky accompanied by a
> burgeoning of secondary literature. Ronald Miller
> that Vygotsky is increasingly being 'read' and
> understood through secondary sources and that
> have claimed Vygotsky as the foundational figure for
> their own theories, eliminating his most distinctive
> contributions and distorting his theories. Miller
> away the accumulated layers of commentary to provide
> clearer understanding of how Vygotsky built and
> developed his arguments. In an in-depth analysis of
> last three chapters of Vygotsky's book Thinking and
> Speech, Miller provides a critical interpretation of
> core theoretical concepts that constitute Vygotsky's
> cultural-historical theory, including the development
> concepts, mediation, the zone of proximal
> conscious awareness, inner speech, word meaning and
> Table of Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. A
> thematic overview; 3. The development of concepts; 4.
> The development of scientific concepts; 5. The
> development of scientific concepts: critique; 6.
> and word; 7. Michael Cole
> artifact mediated action: setting the record straight;
> James V. Wertsch
> cultural tools and mediated action: getting it wrong; 9.
> James V. Wertsch: mediation and the zone of proximal
> development; 10. The essential commentators; 11.
> Vygotsky: mediation.
> Location: On Order for Stacks
> Call Number: No call number available
> University of Georgia Libraries
> University of Georgia
> Jackson St.
> Athens, GA 30602
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