RE: arievitch/leontiev

From: Michael Glassman (
Date: Fri Aug 06 2004 - 13:23:58 PDT

I have been reading this over and over again and I'm not sure I'm getting it.
Are you guys saying. Is it that the only worthwhile understanding of tasks are those that are first studied in realistic situations?
I'm not sure exactly what this means or why the qualifier of constrained and simple tasks is in there. I think perhaps I am just being dense, but -


From: Mike Cole []
Sent: Fri 8/6/2004 12:59 PM
Subject: Re: arievitch/leontiev

Robert-- I think this heuristic works for me. See Scribner on locating
tasks and my discussion in Cultural Psych. Clearly, we HAVE to be discussin
a combo of ethnography and experimental psych here.

Robert wrote:

With respect to constrained
and simplified tasks, perhaps we should follow the precept that such tasks
should only be used where they are motivated by theory and evidence from
research in a realistic situation.

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