Re: [xmca] Situated cognition vs. Socio-cultural theory

From: Peter Smagorinsky (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2006 - 12:02:25 PDT

An interesting, if frustrating, illustration comes with an article I
published in MCA in 1998, Thinking and Speech and Protocol Analysis, which
theorized how protocol analysis can be repurposed from its cognitive roots
to a sociocultural perspective. Mike invited Ericcson and Simon, my main
points of departure, to write a response, which struck me as surprisingly
defensive and antagonistic, especially given how hard I tried to honor
their ideas while disagreeing with them. I'll attach my paper, but you'll
have to find an old copy of MCA to get the response. p
At 10:40 AM 7/11/2006 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I am working on a course syllabus, and thinking about the separate but
>related trajectories of situated cognition and socio-cultural theory. At
>some point in the early nineties, lots of former cognitivists started to
>sound a lot like socio-culturalists. So where do these two trajectories
>intersect and where do they remain forever apart?
>Someone may have written a really great review article or chapter that
>compares these two theoretical perspectives. If you know of such a text,
>could you let me know? I will so appreciate that.
>Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, ECPS,
>Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
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