[xmca] Intro to Valsiner's process structure

From: ERIC.RAMBERG@spps.org
Date: Wed Oct 25 2006 - 06:21:34 PDT

Just introductory thoughts that may assist in speedy reading.

Valsiner begins with the assumption that signs (defined as words, both
written and spoken as well as meanings) are mediators in the social world
as well as the intrapsychological world of the individual. Valsiner
focuses on the regulation process of these signs and lays out a
"hierarchical organizational order" for this mediational process.
Valsiner provides a brief history of his approach and stongly attributes
Pierce's semiotics and Vygotsky's developmental theories as hugely
influential. One aspect of Valsiner's paper that is underdeveloped is his
discussion of the three models of development. This is done for the
purpose of brevity but the conclusion is that a model to discuss
development should focus on the "future-in-the-making".

Valsiner is most interested in dicussing these "future-in-the-making"
models and how they can focus the theoretic lens on how regulatory systems
(Valsiner's term for what signs as mediators do) emerge or are constructed.

Hope there is an interest in this discussion!

Just an aside to provide a bit of insight into my appreciation for
Valsiner's ideas:

This is my favorite quote from Valsiner, "The statement of the goal of
arriving at conscious discipline as a result of education matches
educational and child socialization goals in principle in any culture,
although the particulars of how the socialized person is expected to act
obviously vary. In a way, the common sense concept of independence can be
viewed as the successful result of cultural socialization within Western
industrialized cultures. That concept has been socialized in conjunction
with Protestant religious belief systems. That belief itself is an example
of independent dependence ? individuals are socialized within the culture
(case of dependence) to believe that they are independent of their
environment and "free" to act in any way (idea of independence). The belief
in one's independence is thus dependent on the culture within which one is
socialized (Valsiner, 1997, pg. 174)." This quote is from Valsiner's book
"Culture and the Development of Children's Actions."

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I am all for it, Eric.
Is it possible to get a copy of it?

ERIC.RAMBERG@spps.org wrote:
> Anna;
> you wrote:
> "I would like to better understand this. How are multicellular animals
> connected to the "split" between object oriented activity and self
> directed reflective activity?? Actually, how do you see this split occur
> phylogenetically and ontogenetically??"
> I believe if the XMCA community discusses Valsiner's "Process structure
> semiotic mediation in human development" we may move along the continuum
> of understanding.
> perhaps?
> eric
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