[xmca] On Roth's "On Mediation"

From: <ERIC.RAMBERG who-is-at spps.org>
Date: Wed Oct 24 2007 - 09:25:34 PDT


Firstoff: great read! I so enjoy an article that places a "real-world"
context for the reader to negotiate the scholarly "words". The real-world
context being the fish hatchery. Also, for once I believe I have a firm
grasp on how Leontiev was negotiating the avenue of activities, actions and
operations. Your examples clearly indicate the differences and I am able
to better understand the history and development of Cultural-Historical
theory as a result of your article. Thank you. Here is my difficulty.
Perhaps it is in the paper and I am not deciphering it correctly, perhaps
not. How does the immediacy of operations develop into the mediated
actions of a goal directed activity? Where is the explanation of the
process that allows actions to become operations? Vygotsky viewed the
transition of speaking aloud to problem solving to inner speech for problem
solving as the process. Valsiner similar but more intricate in his
explanations. The difference obviously being that Valsiner has enjoyed
much more time in the research arena. Using your example of learning how
to feed the fish could you possibly walk me through your thoughts on how
you transitioned from using the scoop as a mediating device to the point
where feeding the fish was an operation and you were able to move into an
'everydayness' of feeding fish.


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