Re: Scaffolding

From: Phil Chappell (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2005 - 02:55:41 PST

Every Lad needs a lass???

Interesting thoughts there, Nate (I'm still not sure on how to use the
term blog - great blogging? gotcha blog? I'll blog ya back?). And
thanks for the scan.

On 22/01/2005, at 10:43 PM, willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at

> There are some very strong hints at scaffolding in Bruner's LASS. The
> book is Actual Minds, Possible Worlds. I scanned the chapter in
> question and it is available at
> I think your right about scaffolding. This is true of not only
> scaffolding but the ZPD also.
> Nate
> 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.
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> "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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