RE: [xmca] Internalization (chronotope) appropriation (skillacquirement)

From: Michael G. Levykh <mglevykh who-is-at>
Date: Mon Aug 04 2008 - 10:32:01 PDT

Dear Eric and All,

I absolutely agree with you that internalization cannot be called
internalization unless it is emotionally laden. Please, find attached some
"bits and pieces" from my yet unpublished PhD thesis, that reflect some of
my thoughts on internalization.

Michael G. Levykh,
PhD Candidate,
Sessional Instructor, SFU

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Subject: [xmca] Internalization (chronotope) appropriation

The discussion of the Play to Art paper and the question of internalization
and appropriation have spurred great interest and thoughtful provocations
for me. This past week I have spent with my family showing animals (horses
in a games format and pigs in a confirmation format) at our local county
fair. The education this provides for me in relating to the subject of
human development is priceless.

 For me there is a different emotional attachment comparing the preperation
of the animals for the fair and what occurs during the week of the fair. I
believe that this has to do with the internalization v appropriation model.
During the time that my son and daughter are preparing the animals for the
fair there is 'play' involved. Now emotionally it is easy for the kids to
not be so rigid in their 'play' with the animals and therefore the
chronotope of the animal preparation activity is one of leisure and
somthing to do during their summer vacation. I try to provide more rigid
limitations on their preparation because I have internalized a different
emotional attachment to what occurs during the days of showing the animals
at the fair, that being that our animals do not recieve champion status.
However, i do not want to ruin my kids' experience and find myself backing
off. I should dare say the sociocultural chronotope involved with my
family's attitude about showing animals at the county fair is one of
experience and enjoyment and not of winning.

Now, let me move onto appropriation of skills. I believe that as a result
of my kids not setting rigid expectations for the 'play' time with the
animals that they fall short in their skill level with working the animals.
For instance in the show ring the pigs that won did not dive into the
corners and root around in the dirt. It isn't that the pigs were that much
superior but rather their handler gave a better presentation of their pig
to the judge. Therefore, I believe that internalization is an emotional
attitude of an activity and appropriation is the skill level that has been
acquired and fairly dependant on the attitude that has been internalized.

what do others think?


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