[xmca] Posts at Bath, UK

From: Harry Daniels (h.r.j.daniels@bath.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Mar 07 2007 - 09:15:33 PST

Dear All
The Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research at the University
of Bath, UK wishes to appoint two Lecturers to work within the Department of
Education. If you are interested please go the following site for the
University's standard job announcement and then on for further details.
Please do get in touch if you want to discuss the possibilities.
Best wishes

Professor Harry Daniels
Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research
Department of Education
University of Bath
Phone 00 44 1225 38 5690
Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research (CSAT) website
Personal website

-----Original Message-----
From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On
Behalf Of Mike Cole
Sent: 07 March 2007 16:34
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] double stimulation task

A lot in this thread. I see that Phil has already responded to Mark. I would
also recommend, mark, that you use the google search on lchc.ucsd.edu to
search the archives of XMCA going back to its early history. During this
time, second language learning and teaching, including teaching of English,
have been a recurring theme.

Thanks to all posting about the Vygotsky-Sakharov blocks! Carol. Might you
get your student to make the scintillating replication avialable for reading
When we work
on replication here a number of fascinating issues arose including exactly
what a replication would mean in US experimental psych terms.


On 3/7/07, Phil Chappell <philchappell@mac.com> wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> Reasons for being here are, in my experience, as diverse as you can
> get apart from an overriding interest in mediational theories of mind.
> You aren't alone as a teacher/researcher in the world of additional
> language education looking to ways that the Vygotsky school can help
> understand what is going on.
> Just for a starter, can I recommend Leontiev A.A.. (1981) Psychology
> and the Language Learning Process, Oxford: Pergamon as a work that
> discusses methodology. And of course there is Lantolf J, and Thorne
> S. (2006) Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language
> Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press that makes great strides
> in introducing praxis into SLD.
> Keep us posted and there are quite a few who would welcome the chance
> to discuss issues that you uncover.
> Regards,
> Phil
> On 07/03/2007, at 1:25 PM, Mark wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > My name is Mark, and I'm a new member to this list, and although I'm
> > not as academically advanced as others on this list, my reasons for
> > being here may also be a little different.
> >
> > I am currently doing my MA in English as a Second/Foreign Language
> > through the University of Birmingham and I am located in Japan. I am
> > an English teacher, I teach all levels of students ranging from the
> > preschoolers all the way up to University classes. My interests lie
> > in tying Vygotsky to methodology in English education.
> >
> > My dissertation will be to show that Vygotsky's ZPD plays a key role
> > in language acquisition and in doing so, be able to adapt new
> > teaching methodologies which reflect that. Behaviourists such as
> > Skinner or the innatist such as Chomsky, will play an important role
> > in my research with regards to acquisition itself, but Krashen who
> > believes that all acquisition of language comes from comprehensible
> > input is also important for me to juxtapose with Vygotsky. I need to
> > find a way to bring Vygotsky closer to methodology of
> > teaching/learning in order to propose changes to current
> > methodologies and show that internalization of language has a direct
> > link to methodology. Current research or current methodologies are
> > mainly teacher centered and leave little room for the student to
> > internalize the language through private speech or interlanguage.
> >
> > I am really interested in the blocks that Ana has and especially
> > this thread. Ana, would I be able to see the material you have too?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Mark
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Packer" <packer@duq.edu>
> > To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca@weber.ucsd.edu>
> > Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 7:00 AM
> > Subject: [xmca] double stimulation task
> >
> >
> > Can anyone point me towards replications of Vygotsky¹s double
> > stimulation task, as described in Thought & Language? (22 blocks of
> > various shapes, sizes, colors, labeled with nonsense words). Or to
> > variations on the task, with different definitions of the concepts
> > to be learned (i.e. tall + narrow, short + wide, etc.)
> >
> > Martin
> >
> >
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