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[Xmca-l] Re: Gunilla's 1996 paper



Beth,
This most recent article fleshes out and makes distinct Gunilla’s contribution to re-interpreting Vygotsky and moving away from Leontiev who believes children are modelling themselves on adults.  i will quote a paragraph from page 930 of your and Monica’s article that should give pause as we move around and through this topic of playworlds :

Of central importance to Lindqvist’s (1995, p. 50) theory of play is her positioning of herself in opposition to Leontiev, whom she characterizes as believing that adult roles are what children plat at, as believing that children’s ‘play faces the future’ because children in play are MODELING themselves on adults.  She explains that Leontiev thinks of play as REPRODUCTION of roles in an adult world, not as PRODUCTIVE.  Here Lindqvist is arguing that children are, often, modeling themselves on adults in play, but that play faces a future that will be created, in part, by those who are now children, and that will be created within some constraints that those who are now adults cannot even imagine.
Lindqvist’s contribution to play theory derives in part from her ability to interpret Vygotsky’s work from outside the cultural, historical, and political context in which it was created.


I offer this paragraph because when I read the above quote in which the semantic ‘()’ challenges what in particular children are modelling (i.e. adults) this leaves open the centrality of the modelling process itself as the focus and not being *an adult*.

When Gunilla introduces *fear* figuratively AS the person under the bed, a modelling process is presented in a shared world  but that modelling  is not  focusing on being *an adult*.
Now the modelling process can be *an adult* or the modelling process can be *fear*.

Each are particular  instances of this modelling process. The modelling becomes the central focus. If we treat ‘adult’ as real and ‘fear’ as pretend and draw a RIGID boundary ‘marker’ between modelling (an adult) and modelling (fear) as two opposite phenomena, we seem to loose the actual phenomena of modelling and its centrality.

When *fear* is actualized as a person and *an adult* is actualized as a person, children can model either within a dramatic ‘()’.
 
This phenomena has many sides in the way Merleau Ponty images ‘sides’ or aspects. For example if we face  the forward or side of something we imagine the back ‘side’ and move to verify this in space. It seems *fear* and *an adult* as somethings offer faces in the cloud that are examples of modelling phenomena. This no longer privileges *an adult* as more central than *fear* as phenomena modelled.
Or so it seems?



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From: Beth Ferholt
Sent: February 8, 2017 8:48 AM
To: laure.kloetzer@gmail.com; eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Gunilla's 1996 paper

Let Monica and I know if there are others you are looking for, Laura, and
maybe this is helpful? She wrote several things that should be read more
than they are! Or more should be translated... Beth

On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 1:56 PM, Laure Kloetzer <laure.kloetzer@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Dear Brian,
>
> Thank you so much for sharing ! Very interesting for me indeed.
>
> I decided to work on play with my students this semester as it is a
> wonderful and engaging entry into a lot of fascinating dimensions of
> learning & culture. I also plan to make them work on classical works by
> Piaget and Vygotsky, and help them test the hypotheses of these authors on
> real observations of play.
>
> Best,
> LK
>
>
>
>
>
>
> 2017-02-07 19:05 GMT+01:00 Edmiston, Brian W. <edmiston.1@osu.edu>:
>
> > Thanks so much, Alfredo
> >
> > Laure, you might be interested in this chapter of mine in which I build
> on
> > Lindqvist’s work
> > It's coming out in the new Routledge Handbook of Early Childhood Play
> > (I know Beth has a chapter in there too)
> >
> > Brian Edmiston
> >
> >
> >
> > > On 7 Feb 2017, at 11:37 am, Alfredo Jornet Gil <a.j.gil@iped.uio.no>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > I see. Here is the article! I think this time is right.
> > >
> > > Alfredo
> > > ________________________________________
> > > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu
> >
> > on behalf of Alfredo Jornet Gil <a.j.gil@iped.uio.no>
> > > Sent: 07 February 2017 17:18
> > > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity; laure.kloetzer@gmail.com
> > > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Gunilla's 1996 paper
> > >
> > > Hi Laure,
> > >
> > > I find this online. not the best copy, but one available. See if you
> can
> > download it (it's 3MB big, can make it smaller and share if you could not
> > download)
> > > http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED396824.pdf
> > > Hope it helps,
> > > Alfredo
> > > ________________________________________
> > > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu
> >
> > on behalf of Laure Kloetzer <laure.kloetzer@gmail.com>
> > > Sent: 07 February 2017 17:01
> > > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > > Subject: [Xmca-l]  Gunilla's 1996 paper
> > >
> > > Dear colleagues,
> > >
> > > After a desperate search for Gunilla's classical paper in my Swiss
> > > libraries, I am asking the community for some help. Would one of you
> > have a
> > > pdf copy of:
> > >
> > > Lindqvist, G. (1996). The aesthetics of play. A didactic study of play
> > and
> > > culture in preschools. *Early Years*, *17*(1), 6-11.
> > >
> > > Thanks a lot for your help !
> > > Best regards
> > > LK
> > > <Linqvist 1996 The aesthetics of play Early years.pdf>
> >
> >
>



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