Re: Scaffolding

From: William E. Blanton (
Date: Sat Jan 22 2005 - 12:53:55 PST

Some 10 years ago we had a very long and informative discussion on
scaffolding. The thread should appear in a search of the archives. If I
remember correctly, the discussion occurred just before we transformed the
multiple discussion lists (xwar, etc.) into xmca.


At 05:09 PM 1/22/2005 +0700, Phil Chappell wrote:
>I've always cited Wood, D.J., J.S. Bruner, and G. Ross, The role of
>tutoring in problem solving, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry,
>1976. 17(2): p. 89-100 as the pioneering paper, Nate. Then Bruner's book
>(oops, there goes the memory) published not long after that.
>Interesting coincidence - just returned from a second language conference
>where scaffolding was bandied around so carelessly that it seemed to
>become a metaphor for any activity or learning materials applied by the
>teacher in teaching/learning moments.
>On 22/01/2005, at 4:08 AM, willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at wrote:
>>Is Bruner the agreed upon "author" of scaffold in American consciousness?
>>Email: willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at
>>"The zone of proximal development defines those functions that have not
>>yet matured but are in the process of maturation, functions that will
>>mature tomorrow but are currently in an embryonic state. These functions
>>could be termed the buds or flowers of development rather than
>>the "fruits" of development. The actual developmental level characterizes
>>mental development retrospectively, while the zone of proximal
>>development characterizes mental development prospectively."
>>- L.S.V.

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