Re: [xmca] Once Again, Learning and Development!

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at>
Date: Sun Jan 20 2008 - 10:37:03 PST

Andy, David, Mark, Elina, and Pegetal too!

David wrote: (This is ANOTHER issue from Vol. 5 I forgot to include):
Central functions and peripheral functions. Mike also talks about this in
his LCHC-Centre for Activity Research on-line presentation. I guess I
thought that in my data we can see a situation where UNDERSTANDING is the
central function (comprehension) and EXPRESSION is peripheral turn into a
situation where EXPRESSION is central (role play) and comprehension is
subordinated to expression (in time as well as importance).

How faithfully, from your perspective, does the Marx quotation below capture
what LSV was talking about? Does David's understanding-->expression example
exemplify for all what LSV (Marx?) was referring to? Is the example
developmental? Is comprehension subordinated to expression a "higher level"
in some circumstances than others? How do we we think of the example in
terms such as
"leading activity."

On Jan 19, 2008 6:02 PM, Andy Blunden <> wrote:

> There is in every social formation a particular branch of production which
> determines the position and importance of all the others, and the
> relations
> obtaining in this branch accordingly determine the relations of all other
> branches as well. It is as though light of a particular hue were cast upon
> everything, tingeing all other colours and modifying their specific
> features.
> Marx, <../../1859/critique-pol-economy/appx1.htm#p211>Preface to the
> Critique of Political Economy (1859)
> At 08:16 AM 19/01/2008 -0800, you wrote:
> >... Actually, I'm not sure if this way of understanding what Vygotsky
> >meant by central functions and peripheral functions is right at all. It's
> >okay for learning, but it does seem too microgenetic to describe
> >development, doesn't it? Perhaps the BEST thing to do is to take this
> back
> >to XMCA and see what others think!
> >
> > David Kellogg
> > Seoul National University of Education
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