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Re: [xmca] teaching Vygotsky


What do you believe a chronological account would add to Shirley's
interesting project?
If a chronogical layer is to be added to the work, I refer you to p. 16.
Cole and Cole. *The Development of Children*. Scientific American. 1989.

On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM, larry smolucha <lsmolucha@hotmail.com>wrote:

> Message from Francine Smolucha:
> Dear Shirley et al.,
> This is long but worth the read.
> It is interesting to hear about all the courses on Vygotsky that are
> currently being offered.
> But, please note that Vygotsky's theory, and subsequent research on it, is
> routinely taught
> in intro freshman classes as well. This is not a trivial point.
> You might want to organize a historical chronology of Vygotsky courses.
> And, in doing so  special consideration should be made for undergraduate
> courses
> like introductory child development courses that are taught to freshmen. By
> 2009,
> Vygotsky is a staple in such courses. This did not happen by chance.
> When I started translating Vygotsky's writings in 1984, I was a community
> college professor
> teaching freshman about Vygotsky in child development courses with
> textbooks
> that never mentioned his theory.  I constantly badgered the sales reps from
> the textbook
> publishers to get Vygotsky included as a major theory along with Freud,
> Erikson, and Piaget.
> I wrote my own handout "Introduction to Vygotsky's Theory" for my students.
> In 1989, I spoke with Laura Berk at the SRCD Conference in Kansas City and
> told her
> that I was disappointed that she had not (as of that time) included
> Vygotsky's theory
> as a major theory in her child development textbook. She asked me to write
> a summary of
> Vygotsky's theory for the next edition, which I did.
> [Note: I have been a paid reviewer for numerous textbooks]
> As of 1991, Laura Berk's Child Development textbooks pioneered the
> inclusion of
> Vygotsky's theory in the introductory chapter on theories of child
> development.
> Course outlines at colleges gradually were revised to include Vygotsky's
> theory
> in child development courses.
> If my memory is correct, it was in 1984 that LeFrancois' Educational
> Psychology textbook
> pioneered the inclusion of Vygotsky's theory. The LeFrancois Ed Psych
> textbook devoted
> an entire chapter to research on Vygotsky's theory. Eventually all
> educational psychology
> textbooks would treat Vygotsky's theory as a major theory, covering
> research on
> teaching in the zone of proximal development and the role of private
> speech.
> I haven't looked at introductory psychology textbooks recently, but I
> suspect none of them
> has yet included Vygotsky's Theory or Leontiev's Activity Theory - Luria
> will be mentioned
> in isolation in the chapter on memory. [Please note: in thirty years of
> teaching intro psychology
> I did see one textbook that mentioned Vygotsky's work on private speech in
> the child development
> chapter.]
> I have taught courses in Abnormal Psychology and informed the students of
> the connection
> between Donald Meichenbaum's work and that of Vygotsky and Luria.
> >From 1984-1986, I introduced Vygotsky's theory to the Learning Cognition
> course at
> Governor's State University.
> >From 1991 to 1996, I taught Vygotsky's theory of creativity (and teaching
> in the zone of
> proximal development) to art education and art therapy students taking the
> educational psychology
> course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
> This summer, I am scheduled to teach two different courses in early
> childhood education at a University
>  that will include Vygotsky and the neo-Vygotskians. Let's hope the courses
> have sufficient enrollment
> to "run."
> > To: xmca@weber.ucsd.edu
> > From: s.franklin@dsl.pipex.com
> > Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 19:58:52 +0100
> > Subject: [xmca] teaching Vygotsky
> >
> > We are doing some research into courses which teach about Vygotsky.
> > Would really welcome feedback in terms of course name and level, and
> > place.
> >
> > Thanks so much for your co-operation
> >
> > Shirley
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