Re: [xmca] Observation Tools?

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Fri Jan 06 2006 - 10:29:34 PST


Bodrova and Leong's book, Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to
Early Education, is an excellent text which has been used to good effect
with CC students.

However, I the issue of an observation tool is a very tricky one. The
phrase "Vygotsky's theory in action" covers a whole lot of territory.
Do you want to focus students on the appearance of egocentric speech in
different kind of interactions? Compare the sophistication of their
performance in pretend play or a formal lesson? etc? Remember, in all such
cases you are observing complex, dynamic interactions which are not easily
reduced to a scoring scheme.

That said, I will be very interested in what suggestions folks have to

On 1/6/06, <> wrote:
> Does anyone have an excellent observation tool of children, any ages from
> infant, toddler, or preschooler to observe Vygotsky's "theory in action?"
> The texts I use are quite weak for my community college students but I
> would really, really like to help them get a great "theory in practice"
> experience.
> Of course, I will credit you.....
> Thanks in advance for any help you might offer!
> Wendy Sanders
> College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA, USA
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