Re: [xmca] Happy New Year, dots of red wine and thoughts on the line of development

From: Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2007 - 08:55:41 PST

Dear All,
I am a member of the (numerous!) red dots along the Alpine lakes and
Rhein Walley (I suppose, but I am not sure because this map is not as
precise as the satellite maps. If it were you might discover that the
red color is due to the good red wine of our local vinyards in the area,
I suppose).
I enjoy the discussions but very seldom manage to pop in as they go very
fast and my administrative duties seem to slow me down terribly. I would
enjoy coming back on the effects of peer interactions and the learning
that can occur also with less advanced peers, as already described in
the late '70. It raises a lot of questions about the ZPD: why would the
development follow a predictable line? For psychological (Piaget would
say for logical) reasons? Or for cultural reasons? If the direction of
the line of development is largely given culturally then the credibility
of peers in different cultural contexts might be quite different . In
could be the social milieu at large, but also the micro context created
by gender when the interacting peers are same sex or note (as Charis
Psaltis's beautiful dissertation in Cambridge has shown).
Is development following a another questions. What is/are the
relevant dimension(s) on which we project it to see line(s)? How does
the adult who reaches in the ZPD of the subject know that he is bringing
the subject "next step" (on the line)?

I'd like to hear you Aleksandar tell us more on how to map human
cultural tools. Including those tools can make life livable in difficult
situations. And what do they have to do with devlopment.
Best greetings,

Prof. Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont
Institut Psychologie et Education
Faculté des Lettres et Sciences humaines
Université de Neuchâtel
Espace L. Agassiz 1 CH 2000 Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
tel.:+41 32 718 18 56 fax: +41 32 718 18 51

Aleksandar Baucal wrote:

> Dear all,
> Happy New Year (for us who belong to ? (sub)world it is 2007, what
> year is for other existing (sub)worlds?).
> After some drinks I have a crazy idea. If it was possible to map human
> genom with 3 bil. units, why it iwould not be possible to map human
> cultural tools ...ehh...could you imagine trill of such project :)
> Anyway, I wish you happy and cheerful New Dialogical Year whatever
> number it is on your calendar :)
> Warmest greeting from small red dot from Belgrade
> Aleksandar Baucal
> Cathrene Connery wrote:
>> Greetings colleagues,
>> Just a quick hello from Central Washington University in Ellensburg,
>> Washington. I'm not sure if I'm a dot on the map yet, but thought I'd
>> introduce myself. Thanks to Ana, I started receiving xmca e-mails about
>> a month ago. It has been refreshing to read everyone's dialouge. A
>> powerhouse of energy collectively represents the members of this
>> listserve!
>> Just a little about myself......I fell in love with Vygotsky in '89 when
>> reading Thought and Language at Illinois while pursuing my first
>> Master's degree. This past May, I graduated from the University of New
>> Mexico with a doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
>> focusing on Bilingual / TESL Education. It was an honor to have Vera
>> John-Steiner chair my committee. Emergent biliteracy, multi-modal
>> meaningmaking, and teacher education reform on behalf of culturally and
>> linguistically diverse children remain my great interests.
>> My best wishes to you and your families for the upcoming year. May you
>> experience peace, joy, and good health.
>> Todo lo mejor (All the best),
>> Cathrene
>> M. Cathrene Connery, Ph.D.
>> Assistant Professor of Bilingual & TESL Education Central Washington
>> University
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