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Re: [xmca] Bruner on Vygotsky

Hi Bill

I appreciate you engaging with this topic. I would like to encourage you to
go into some depth, bringing in Bruner's insights distinguishing Piagetian
and Vygotskian approaches. The Vancouver school district is searching for
effective ways to support first nations students

Also, if anyone has any information, articles, or musings on a particular
computer reading program [from LEXIA].  It would help.me to reflect on and
consider  the consequences of Vancouver buying a site licence for Lexia to
distribute in Vancouver schools who want to participate


On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 1:53 AM, Bill Kerr <billkerr@gmail.com> wrote:

> Ch 5 "The Inspiration of Vygotsky" In "Actual Minds, Possible Worlds"
> http://wisdomandwit.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/zpd_bruner.pdf
> I was told to read this for HW in an accelerated literacy course I recently
> attended. Accelerated Literacy is one of the methods used in teaching
> indigenous Australians and low socio-economic students. See
> http://www.nalp.cdu.edu.au/index.html for a bit more detail.  There are
> two
> other methodologies I am aware of used in Australia. One is called MULTILIT
> (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy) and the other is Zig Engelmann's Direct
> Instruction, used by Noel Pearson's group in Cape York.
> To understand Bruner's point properly I had to read pp. 72-77 carefully
> where he elaborates on the contradiction b/w children having to learn for
> themselves (a sort of Piagetian view) and the adult really teaching them
> across the ZPD rather than just broadcasting knowledge at them.
> After my 2 days training in AL (another 2 days due later in February) I
> think they have worked out how to do that in an "honest" way. ie. the nitty
> gritty of raising the literacy level which involves a detailed analysis of
> the text of good writers. They selected writers, text, various processes
> gone through, then shortish passages from those texts and then did the
> analysis of them in such a way that real skills were being transferred.
> This is very truncated. I can go into a bit more detail if requested.
> Altogether I found it an inspirational coming together of theory and
> practice. My background is in maths / science / IT teaching (and secondary)
> so I hadn't really gone into the literacy side in this depth before.
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