[xmca] RER CHAT Review

From: Wolff-Michael Roth (mroth@uvic.ca)
Date: Wed Oct 25 2006 - 12:13:13 PDT

HI all,
I just found out that a review of the CHAT literature, which I co-
authored with Yew Jin Lee, has been accepted for publication in
REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH. We had made a selection of over 350
articles from the 600 that we had identified.

I thought that some of you might be interested in this paper before
it actually appears and therefore made available a preprint copy on
my server:


(It works, I tested it.)

Although numerous people get credited for making cultural-historical,
socio-cultural and other approaches into the West, we came to the
conclusion that "historians may come to identify in Michael Cole the
single most influential person for acquainting Western scholars to
this tradition, both through his writings (e.g., Cole, 1988) and
through the mediating role of his Laboratory for Comparative Human
Cognition (LCHC) at the University of California, San Diego (Cole,


“Vygotsky's Neglected Legacy”: Cultural-Historical Activity Theory
ABSTRACT: We describe an evolving theoretical framework that has been
called one of the
best-kept secrets of academia: cultural-historical activity theory
(CHAT) is the result of
proposals Lev Vygotsky first articulated, but which his students and
followers substantially
developed to constitute much expanded forms in its second and third
generation. Besides
showing that activity theory transforms how research should proceed
regarding language,
language learning, and literacy in particular, we demonstrate how it
is a theory for praxis,
thereby offering the potential to overcome some of the most profound
problems that has plagued
both educational theorizing and practice.

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