Re: [xmca] mediational theories of mind: Suggestions requested

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at>
Date: Thu Aug 30 2007 - 13:05:34 PDT

Interesting suggestions, Emily.
This course is a "second level theory course" in the communication
graduate program here at UCSD. Many of the students will have read
Domestication of the Savage Mind by Goody, some Vygotsky, Wertsch, ......
Some may wander in without this background.

In general this is NOT an education-oriented course. But both readings you
suggest could be appropriate for that part of the course where we are
thinking about the notion of literacy and is various extended uses (I was
thinking of using an essay I wrote some years back
with a colleague on the notion of literacy in film and print). But a whole
course could be
devoted to just THAT topic!! (emotional literacy, music literacy, video
literacy, computer literacy, etc.)
A real jumble/

Thanks for the suggestions!!
On 8/30/07, Emily Duvall <> wrote:
> Mike,
> It would be helpful to know what you have planned already and to get a
> sense of the level of understanding that you expect students to come in
> with. Some very basic work might include Frank Smith's essay in Joining
> the Literacy Club. It's a quick read. The Heinemann blurb:
> "The Literacy Club," Frank Smith's metaphor describing the social nature
> of literacy learning, has become widely used in recent years. The essays
> in this collection reflect Smith's belief that we learn from other
> people, not so much through conscious emulation as by "joining the club"
> of people we see ourselves as being like, and by being helped to engage
> in their activities. The general theme holding the essays together is
> that the most significant people in every learner's life are teachers
> the formal teachers of the classroom, the informal (and less frequently
> acknowledged) teachers in the world outside school, and the teachers
> (scarcely ever recognized) who are the authors of the books we read.
> Or would you be interested in material on transmediation? Beth Berghoff,
> Jerome Harste, Ladis Semali, Eisener...
> Perhaps this article?
> Transmediation as a metaphor for new literacies in multimedia classrooms
> Semali & Fueyo
> The blurb: This article explores how transmediation extends the new
> literacies found in multimedia classrooms. For our purposes here,
> "transmediation" means responding to cultural texts in a range of sign
> systems -- art, movement, sculpture, dance, music, and so on -- as well
> as in words. "New literacies" means the ability to read, analyze,
> interpret, evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of textual
> environments and multiple sign systems.
> ~ Em
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> Dear Xmca-ites---
> Toward the end of the month I will begin teaching a grad course on
> mediational theories of mind.
> I would love suggestions for interesting readings.
> We will be looking in a sort of "mcLuhanesque" way at the affordances of
> different kinds of mediators
> in human action/activity/mind.
> So, language and thought
> writing
> film
> music
> tv
> rituals
> games
> .........
> Starting with early 20th century writers of general familiarity to
> members
> of this list, I have been thinking about including
> such works as Cszikentmihalyi, "meaning of things," Turkle's recent
> "evocative objects," and perhaps something on mediated
> behavior in large groups such as "the wisdom of crowds."
> Any and all suggestions warmly welcomed. So much going on its hard to
> even
> think about how to begin to think about this
> upcoming fall!!
> mike
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