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RE: [xmca] Re: An interesting book

If you found Ronald Miller's book interesting, check out the Smoluchas' chapter on "Vygotsky's Theory of Creativity"in Contemporary Perspectives on Research in Creativity in Early Childhood Education , Saracho & Spodek (Eds.)Information Age Publishing, February 17, 2012.
It is a review of the research literature including cultural-historical activity theory perspectives.
Not only did the Smoluchas introduce Vygotsky's writings on creativity to the scholarly community in 1984,but they have now introduced Theodore Ribot's book Essay on the Creative Imagination (cited byVygotsky as a 1901 publication- now available again in English after 100 years.)

> Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:05:37 -0800
> From: lpscholar2@gmail.com
> To: xmca@weber.ucsd.edu
> Subject: [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
> development".
> 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
> activity]
> 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.
> Larry
> 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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