Re: [xmca] Joint mediated Activity

From: Elina Lampert-Shepel (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2006 - 13:00:06 PST

About re-discovering the wheels...:-) Do wheels change when they
become a part of different vehicles? Correct me if I am wrong, but
I thought that for Vygotsky meanings were cultural and discovered
and transformed in the course of human activity while for Dewey
they are social and embedded in the countinuity of experience of
human association, and are created. Anyway, do we discover or
create meanings in joint mediated activity?

Quoting bb <>:

> On Tuesday 14 March 2006 11:12 am, Mike Cole wrote:
> >
> > "Things gain meaning by being used in a shared experience or
> joint
> > action." - John Dewey
> >
> Re-discovery naught. Now I appreciate Dewey, but it's a nice
> quote because it
> is such an over-generalization that it applies to every thing,
> everyone, and
> everywhere. Of this kind of statement, Bierce wrote "A thought
> that snores in
> words that smoke."
> bb
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Elina Lampert-Shepel
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Graduate School of Education
Mercy College New Teacher Residency Program
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I have on my table a violin string. It is free. I twist one end of
it and it responds. It is free. But it is not free to do what a
violin string is supposed to do - to produce music. So I take it,
fix it in my violin and tighten it until it is taut. Only then it
is free to be a violin string.
               Sir Rabindranath Tagore.

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