XMCA Research Paper Archive

Spring 2013

Vygotsky's Theory of Creativity: On Figurative and Literal Thinking
Larry Smolucha & Francine Smolucha

Fall 2012

"Minding the Gap": Imagination, Creativity, and Human Cognition
Etienne Pelaprat & Michael Cole

Working With Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and Critical Realism to Investigate and Expand Farmer Learning in Southern Africa
Mutizwa Mukute & Heila Lotz-Sisitka

Germinated Seeds: The Development of Vygotsky's Psychology of Art in His Early Journalistic Publications
Bella Kotik-Friedgut

Discursive Construction of "Good Teaching:" A Crossdisciplinary Framework
David Kirshner

Fall 2011

The Path to Subjectivity: Advancing Alternative Understandings of Vygotsky and of the Cultural Historical Legacy
Fernando Gonzalez Rey_Portes & Salas, 2011

Summer 2011

Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Goethe: Consciousness as Con-Scientia, as Witnessable Knowing Along with Others
John Shotter

Winter 2011

Call for Papers: Special issue on "Psychology of Emotions and Cultural Historical Activity Theory"

Call for Papers: Special issue on "Concept Formation in the Wild"

Fall 2010

Forgotten Methodology: Vygotsky's Case
Nikolai Veresov

Society versus Context in Individual Development Does Theory Make a Difference?
Charles W. Tolman

The Real Ideal: An illustrated guide to Vygotsky's Psychology of Art
David Kellogg

Fall 2009

An interdisciplinary concept of activity
Andy Blunden

Genealogy of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (diagram)
Andy Blunden

Winter 2009

Vygotsky’s plural discourse on the human mind
Jussi Silvonen

Fall 2008

Race and Language as Capital in School: A Sociological Template for Language Education Reform
Allan Luke

The Future of Activity Theory: A Rough Draft
Yrjö Engeström, University of Helsinki

CHAT and HIV/AIDS: An activity system analysis of a lack of behaviour change
Mary van der Riet

Activity Theory and reconceptualising HIV/AIDS interventions
Mary van der Riet

Summer 2008

The Role of Development Concepts in the History of Gestalt Theory: The Work of Kurt Koffka
Mitchell G. Ash

Vygotsky and Lenin on Learning: The Parallel Structures of Individual and Social Development
Wayne Au

Race, culture and identities in second language education.
Allan Luke, Queensland University of Technology (2008)

Spring 2008

Understanding Innovation: An evolutionary social learning model
Geoffrey Binder, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT

Human Development as semiotic-material Ordering: Sketching a Relational Developmental Psychology
Michalis Kontopodis (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Creativity in the Making: Vygotsky’s Contemporary Contribution to the Dialectic of Creativity & Development
Seana Moran and Vera John-Steiner

Winter 2008

Problems of the Method of Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2006

Stetsenko and Arievitch: Vygotskian Project for Social Transformation
Anna Stetsenko and Igor M. Arievitch

Spring 2007

Against Narrativity
Galen Strawson, 2004

Lev S. Vygotsky: The Man and the Era
Uwe P. Gielen, Samvel S, Jeshmaridian - TSHC, 1999

To Create Psychology's OTSHC wn Capital
Mohamed Elhammoumi, TSHC

Winter 2007

Chapters 3 & 4 of The Sociocultural – Semiotic Texts of Five and Six Year Old Emergent Biliterates in non-academic settings
M. Cathrene Connery, 2006

Looking at Action Research through the Lenses of Sociocultural Psychology and Activity Theory
Anne Edwards (Edwards 2000), University of Birmingham U.K.

Pensamiento y Palabra
Volumen XCIV de la Colección Aprendizaje dirigida por Amelia Alvarez Pablo del Rio. Titulo original: Sobrania Sochinenii Tom vtoroi, Problemi obshei psijologuii

Fall 2006

Vygotsky`s Social Constructionist View on Disability: A Methodology for Inclusive Education
Katarina A. Rodina, PhD-Research Fellow, MSc. Speech and Language Pathology, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo,

Citation: Rodina, K. (2006). "Vygotsky's Social Constructionist View on Disability: A Methodology for Inclusive Education." In Lassen, L. (Ed.).
Enabling Lifelong Learning in Education, Training and Development: European Learning Styles Information Nettwork (ELSIN),

University of Oslo: Oslo, CD/ISDN 82-8075-020-7

(IMATRA Paper) The Overwhelming World: Functions of pleromatization in creating diversityin cultural and natural constructions
Jaan Valsiner, Department of Psychology, Clark University

Problems of General Psychology
from "The Collected Works of L.S. Vygotsky", edited by Robert W. Rieber

Spring 2006

Communicative Practice, Cultural Production, and Situated Learning
Video Conference
Kevin O'Connor

The Social Environment of the Classroom: a Vigotskian Perspective on Small Group Process
by Peter Smagorinsky and Pamela K. Fly

Winter 2006

Developing a Psychology that Builds Community and Respects Diversity
Lois Holzman and Shelley Karliner

Race, Identity and Epistemology
by Lenora Fulani

Genealogy of Ideas
Arne Raeithel

Creativity in the Making: Vygotsky's Contemporary Contribution to the Dialectic of Development and Creativity
Seana Moran and Vera John-Steiner

Fall 2005

On the Problem of the Psychology of the Actor's Creative Work
Vygotsky L.S.

Race, Identity and Epistemology
Lenora Fulani

Developing a Psychology that Builds Community and Respects Diversity
Lois Holzman and Shelley Karliner, East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy

Visual Salience of Algebraic Transformations
David Kirshner, Louisiana State University, Thomas Awtry, Louisiana State University, Alexandria, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education , 35(4), 224-257, July 2004

June/July 2005


June 13 - 19: facilitated by Steven Thorne and Phil Chappell A Preliminary Reading on Tools and Signs
Vygotsky, L. S. (1997). The Collected works of L.S. Vygotsky Volume 4: The History of the Development of Higher Mental Functions. New York; London: Plenum Press, pp 54; 59-63

" Tool and Sign in the Development of the Child " Anna Stetsenko, City University of New York

Activity and Additional Language Learning: the Russian Perspective and a " Linguistics of Communicative Activity "
Leontiev, A.A. (1981). Speech and Communication, in Psychology and the Language Learning Process . Oxford: Pergamon, pp 21-28
Lantolf, J., & Thorne, S.L. (in press) Introduction, in Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development . New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

June 20 - July 26: facilitated by Gordon Wells Meaning Making in Educational Activity: Vygotsky and Halliday
Halliday, M. A. K. (1993). Towards a language-based theory of learning. Linguistics and Education , 5(2), 93-116.
Wells (1999). The complementary contributions of Halliday and Vygotsky to a 'language-based theory of learning'. In Dialogic Inquiry: Toward a Sociocultural Practice and Theory of Education (pp. 3-50). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

June 27 - July 3: facilitated by Harry Daniels with Ruqaiya Hasan

Mediating, Mediator, Mediatee and the Mediated: Unpacking Semiotic Mediation
Hasan R. (manuscript) Semiotic mediation, language and society: three exotropic theories -Vygotsky, Halliday and Bernstein
Hasan, R. (2002). Semiotic Mediation and Mental Development in Pluralistic Societies: Some Implications for Tomorrow's Schooling. In Learning for life in the 21st century: sociocultural perspectives on the future of education (pp. 112-26). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

July 3: Further Reading

Bernstein, B. (1999). Vertical and Horizontal Discourse: an essay. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 20(2), 157-74.
Marjanovic-Shane, A. Components of Metaphoric Proposition Chapter 4.

Concrete Human Psychology: an unpublished manuscript L.S. Vygotsky

Other suggested readings and discussions

Spring 2005

On Phenomenology and Social Relations Alfred Schutz

"Chapter 3: Vygotsky and the cultural historical theory" - the chapter is from Gunilla Lindqvist's dissertation: Lindqvist, G. (1995). The aesthetics of play: A didactic study of play and culture in preschools. Geteborg: Coronet Books. by Lindqvist, Gunilla -- from her 1995 book, The Aesthetics of Play: A Didactic Study of Play and Culture in Preschools.<http://lchc.ucsd.edu/MCA/Paper/VygotskyOnPlay.pdf> - PDF

Elkonin - PDF

Winter 2005

Concrete Human Psychology (Print page to read small print)

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L.S Vygotsky

Summer 2004

Psychological Conditions of the Origin of Ideal Acts
V.V. Davydov and V.P. Andronov

Spring 2004

Ch. 5: The Institutional Level of Regulation and Analysis
by Harry Daniels (Paper formatted in PDF)

The Relations of Learning and Student Social Class: Toward Re-"Socializing" Sociocultural Learning Theory
by Carolyn P. Panofsky (Paper formatted in PDF)

Script, Counterscript, and Underlife in the Classroom: James Brown versus Brown v. Board of Education .
by Kris Gutierrez, Betsy Rymes, University od California, Los Angeles
Joanne Larson, University of Rochester

Fall 2002

Estranged Learning
by Jean Lave and Ray McDermott (Paper formatted in PDF)

Spring 2002

Studying the workplace: considering the usefulness of activity theory,
by Helena Worthen

Emergence in Psychology: Lessons from the History of Non-Reductionist Science
by R. Keith Sawyer

Unresolved Tensions in Sociocultural Theory: Analogies with Contemporary Sociological Debates
by R. Keith Sawyer

Untangling Teachers Diverse Aspirations For Student Learning:
A Crossdisciplinary Strategy for Relating Psychological Theory to Pedagogical Practice

by David Kirshner

Winter 2002

A video interview with Yrjo Engestroom
Recorded 16th January 2002, at CSALT, Lancaster University, UK.

Participation as Dis-Identification With/in a Community of Practice
by Diane Hodges
*The final version of this article can be found in Volume 5, Number 4 of the XMCA Journal

Fall 2001

The role of academic community in higher learning: Alternatives to a drive-thru education,
Naomi Sunderland and Phil Graham

The Historical Meaning of the Crisis in Psychology: A Methodological Investigation,
LS Vygotsky, 1927

Summer 2001

The Falling Scholar Essays in the Outside
Dr. Diane Celia Hodges

Spring 2001 Discussion

Learning by Expanding , Yrjö Engeström.
During the months of April and May 2001 we had a unique opportunity to discuss the work of Yrjö Engeström. This reading corresponded with his visit to the UCSD.

Winter 2000/01 Discussion Papers

From the Transmission of Representations to the Education of Attention
Tim Ingold

Three in One: On Dissolving the Distinctions Between Body, Mind, and Culture
Tim Ingold

Are We Ready for a Single, Integrated Theory?,
By Michele Minnis and Vera P. John-Steiner

Essay review of Perspectives on Activity Theory, Edited by Yrjö Engeström, Reijo Miettinen, and Raija-Leena Punamäki

Agency and Culture
Carl Ratner

This article analyzes two viewpoints concerning the relation of agency and culture. One viewpoint construes agency as a personal trait that operates outside of culture and is designed to liberate the individual from cultural constraints. I explore this viewpoint in the work of several eminent cultural psychologists. I critique it as a regression to asocial individualism which cultural psychology was designed to correct. I propose an alternative conception of agency as a cultural phenomenon. Espoused by Durkheim, Marx, Boas, and Bhaskar, this conception holds that agency depends upon cultural processes for its realization, forms culture, and has a cultural form. Agency is the active element of culture. Being a cultural phenomenon means that agency is a historical project which must be realized through humanizing society.

Zopeds in the Classroom

Examples of Teaching/Learning Within ZPD

The Zone of Proximal Development in Vygotsky's Analysis of Learning and Instruction
by Seth Chaiklin

The Zone of Proximal Development as Basis for Instruction
Marianne Hedegaard

Boys & Girls Ch 26
by V. Paley

Quarterly Newsletters (1976-93)

Fall 2000 Leont'ev - Activity, Consciousness, and Personality Discussion

Fall 1999 / Spring 2000 Discussion Papers

You will find most of the papers that were discussed as part of the monthly XCMA collective reading.

Various 1990 Discussion Papers

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