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[xmca] Re: An interesting book

I remember an earlier discussion of this book "vygotsky in Perspective"
that briefly was discussed here on xmca.
Mike, you mentioned he takes a quite critical approach to "activity theory"
which he frames as "secondary" interpretation.
I'm not suggesting he is "correct" in his interpretations but his engaging
with the themes of "collected editions" and the way secondary authors
invite themselves between the covers of the collected works is exploring
themes elaborated in Andrew Piper's book "Dreaming in Books"

I found interesting his introduction to chapter 4 & 5 of his book where he
is reflecting on Vygotsky's notion of "scientific concepts"  He is
suggesting the label "scientific concepts" is ambiguous and does NOT
capture the full extent of the concepts developed under this heading of
scientific concepts. Scientific concepts includes notions OF "conscious
awareness" "imitation" "instruction" "development" "zone of proximal

Ronald suggests "conscious awareness" is the KEY concept distinguishing
spontaneous from scientific concepts. He suggests "consious awareness" as a
concept is the ANCHOR for the other concepts involved in explaining
"scientific concepts" For example the notion of "instruction" LEADING
development discussed in the theory of "scientific concepts". [leading

The notion of "conscious awareness" as the ANCHOR concept as contrasted
with "pre-reflective" spontaneous concepts seems helpful in teasing out the
different "lines of development" as discussed by Andy in Part 2 of his
Vimeo presentation.


On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 7:18 AM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:

> I just came across this new book on Vygotsky that explores the "secondary"
> literature ABOUT Vygotsky.
> The book is an attempt to "return" to the "primary" Vygotsky by exploring
> the last 3 chapters of "thinking & Speech" [in depth :-))]
> Seems to be exploring the WAY knowledge "in books" [ book history]
> develops an authors "original" ideas in multiple directions.
> David K the notion of "coherence" and "cohesion" seems to be at play in
> this book.
> http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item5744234/?site_locale=en_GB
> Larry
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