Re: [xmca] ZPD

From: Volker.hippie <Volker.hippie who-is-at>
Date: Fri Feb 08 2008 - 17:34:34 PST

Yes, and, ... one thing is to talk and think and write about the ZPD,
another thing is to experience the creation of ZPD's "live", in real space.

Yes, and, surely The All Stars Talent Network is a wonderful group of
people who are able to do that, creating ZPD's, right on the spot -
perhaps not all the time, but many times, and always the times I have
enjoyed meeting them. - perhaps because it is not so much about "about",
but it is about doing it together.

Yes, and a mail conversation is mostly /about/ something.

Wonderful that you put spot on, that by "performing the ZPD" we can
learn "it" by joining the activity, and not by thinking "about" it.

Even though it is wonderful afterwards to remember it, and like here, to
write "about" it.


By the way, last time I experienced young and elder people celebrating
"performing ZPD" happened in Kuceva, a place - far out - in Serbia,
where people from "Hi Neighbour" once again created a wonderful
gathering with international "Vygotsky"-friends, like Lois Holzman,
Vesna Ogjenovic, Leif Strandberg, Lina Kostarova(all members on this
list), Poul Murray, Wilfried Kernke, and more.

It seems to me that Lois has to be where important ZPD's are created. -
Thanks to Lois for inspiring and supporting others to that.

Dear Dot, so lovely to hear your voice (read your message), - Volker

Volker Bunzendahl, asociate professor, cand. psych.
Professionshøjskolen University College Nordjylland
Mylius Erichsens Vej 131, 9210 Aalborg SØ, Denmark
Mail: vob who-is-at -- Web:
Telefon: +45 8696 4614, +45 2873 4620
Dot Robbins skrev:
> Dear Lois (and Everyone),
>   I want to thank you publicly for offering me an understanding of the ZPD that truly changed my entire approach to teaching. When watching the All Stars video, I was so deeply struck at how many lives you have touched. Within the understanding of performance, play, imitation, so many aspects, the ZPD literally became alive for me within the classroom, as a tool for more spontaneity and hopeful transformation. Thank you so much. 
>   I tried a number of years ago to establish what the ZPD meant for me, and that is attached, which was later edited for a book called: Vygotsky's and A. A. Leontiev's Semiotics and Psycholinguistics: Applications for Education, Second Language Acquisition, and Theories of Language (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2003, pp.28-53).
>   However, the statement from you (1996 in Newman and Holzman, Unscientific Psychology: A Cultural Performatory Approach to Understanding Human Life. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers) has been my personal anchor for understanding a "living" ZPD: "A ZPD is a form of life in which people collectively and relationally create developmental learning that goes beyond what any individual in the group could learn on her or his own. Our effort is to create continuously overlapping ZPDs, a particular relational activity that simultaneously is and makes possible the transforming of regified behavior (forms of life that have become alienated and fossilized) into new forms of life." (p. 71)
>   Spending one day in New York with you, really watching the huge number of people you are reaching, with a living ZPD, is something I will never forget. 
>   Dot
> Dorothy (Dot) Robbins 
> Professor of German 
> Russian Orphanage Vyschgorod 
> ---------------------------------
> Never miss a thing.   Make Yahoo your homepage.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> _______________________________________________
> xmca mailing list
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> No virus found in this incoming message.
> Checked by AVG Free Edition. 
> Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.19.21/1266 - Release Date: 08-02-2008 10:06
xmca mailing list
Received on Fri Feb 8 18:39 PST 2008

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Thu Mar 06 2008 - 10:37:02 PST