RE: Motives and goals: Leont'ev and Axel

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Thu Feb 12 2004 - 19:17:30 PST

Sure, Eugene. By all means lets separate all three issues. I am primarily
interested in #1. What are the substantive differences between approaches
and their implications. I concede without flinching that MANY people,
Russian and non-Russian understand Vygotsky better than I do or ever will.

I also admire the historical investigations of van der Veer and Valsiner.
I wish I had had access to such information when I was actively working
on such issues.

We might add a fourth issue, since you raise it via your citation of
Jim Wertsch's recent work.

#4: Is there such a thing as direct remembering which does not deal with
conflicting data?

But if we were voting, I would stick to question #1. What differences in
theory have implications for current theory and practice? Given my personal
preferences, I would add Luria to the discussion, but you have classes to
teach and I have some overdue work to get through to meet other
professional obligations. With limited time, lets choose our topics well.

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