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[Xmca-l] Re: The zone of proximal development

I love this Rob!

It's like knock-knock jokes.

Say, anyone have any good Vygotsky knock-knock jokes?

I would say that humor is essential in a ZPD as it dresses up the environment and all its problems much nicer than a plant.

Humor works through recognition of something as something else. Such as a young boy acting as a Greek referendum voter (with his mother). And thus it delights us to see two things at the same time in one thing.

Of course joy is connected to humor, as long as it isn't at someone else's expense (when lightbulbs tend to blow out and must be changed by maudlin folk singers).

We know that learning and joy are connected in the most optimum learning environments, or rather zopeds.

Perhaps humor is important because it is a moment when the mind is relaxed and open. Thus allowing a facility to grasp something novel, much like an infant will grasp his father's finger when the finger is introduced to him for the first time.

A recognition is made when a connection is made.

Kind regards,


From: xmca-l-bounces+annalisa=unm.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces+annalisa=unm.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu> on behalf of R.J.S.Parsons <r.j.s.parsons@open.ac.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:19:18 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: The zone of proximal development

Completely off topic, but, for what it's worth, my favourite is still
the folk singer version.

Q: How many folk singers does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Five. One to change it, and four to sing about how much nicer the old
one was.

To bring it slightly back on topic, I have just absorbed a presentation
on emotional competencies in teaching, and I am pondering the role of
humour in a zpd.


On 08/07/2015 15:55, Annalisa Aguilar wrote:
> Sometimes a ZPD is just a scrum.
> Did you hear the one:
> "How many Vygotskian scholars does it take to change a lightbulb?"
> "None. The lightbulb has to want to change."
> :)
> I suppose the scholars can keep trying.
> I didn't know that children do not know how to cooperate or collaborate. I seem to see them doing it far more often than European politicians, that's for sure.
> Kind regards,
> Annalisa
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