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Re: [xmca] teaching Vygotsky

Thanks to everyone so far.

How fascinating this is. I will collate when I get more responses and forward results to the list


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On 29 May 2009, at 09:27, Bella Kotik-Friedgut <bella.kotik@gmail.com> wrote:

In all courses I ever taught and teach I use some of Vygotsky's idea:
Neuropsychology; Neuropsycholinguistics; Cognitive psychology; Psychological aspects of new (second or foreign) language learning and teaching; and for
several times I had special seminars on "The influence of  Vygotsky on
modern psychology and education" (all this in Hebrew and sometimes in
English in 3 different teachers colleges and in 1993-2000 at School of
Education of the Hebrew Un. of Jerusalem)
Bella Kotik-Friedgut

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 6:58 AM, David Kellogg <vaughndogblack@yahoo.com >wrote:

I teach one course that is rather stridently Vygotskyan on "Whole Language Approaches and Sociocultural Theory", in the fall for our MA in Primary English Education. Emphasis is on play, with some criticism of the Whole
Language approach to Vygotsky current in the USA.

I teach a more laid back Vygotsky course called, rather grandiosely,
"Intra-mental Knowledge from Inter-mental Skills" for an MA in
Integrated Subject Teaching in the spring. Emphasis is somewhat more
theoretical but follows the standard primary English syllabus here.

The undergrads, who normally crack jokes about our poor tennis games,
referred to my course in Primary English Teaching Methods as "EVP" or
English for Vygotskyan Purposes". It's a practical class, but they are seniors and looking forward with trepidation to the Civil Service Exam for
teachers (where Vygotsky's a staple). Besides, Vygotsky's ideas about
CONCEPTS and COMPLEXES and CONCRETE OBJECTS are really the key to
understanding why we say things like:

T: Do you like DRAGONS? Well, THIS is a dragon. The name of the dragon
David (Dragwin) Kellogg
Seoul National University of Education

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