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

From: JAG (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2006 - 17:55:14 PDT

Another lost voice heard from:

I think that I get the gist of Mary's issue - for me, for example, the
Ed Hutchins of Cognition in the Wild - is,more within the cognitivist
situated cogntiion area - and, although he uses many of the notions of
socio-cultural theory - e.g. mediational tools, charts, etc.. he
places a lot of emphasis on the relation of Cognition in the Wild to
tamer cognitive models - and where people come in, they come in not as
part of the inter to intra personal trajectory - but as constituent
parts of an actively functioning, interdependent distributed whole. So
he is not Vygotsky - and where the socio-cultural tradition transcends
Vygotsky I don't think it does so it quite in Hutchins' terms.

On 7/11/06, Mary K. Bryson <> 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.
> Mary
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