I actually prefer to use video tape of children in non-scripted situations to engage students with vygotsky's language, talking about what we see. Of course I offer what I see, and this injects vygotsky into the conversation.
I guess it's a sort of "talking development" thing which was inspired by the book "talking science".
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From: Esteban Diaz <email@example.com>
> Like Mike I was going to suggest the Bodrova and Leong book and the
> video tape that they have produced. Students might get good ideas about
> observation from it.
> I have a question: What do you mean when you say "The texts I use are
> quite weak for my community of college students...."?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mike Cole <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Friday, January 6, 2006 10:29 am
> Subject: Re: [xmca] Observation Tools?
> > Wendy--
> > 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
> > effectwith 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
> > easilyreduced to a scoring scheme.
> > That said, I will be very interested in what suggestions folks have to
> > offer.
> > mike
> > On 1/6/06, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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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