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Re: [xmca] The strange situation

Thanks, Sue. That makes perfect sense, doesn't it - there is indeed then a focus in the Golden Key Schools on the two neoformations that LSV emphasized: conscious awareness and mastery. One thing that puzzles me, though, is that LSV proposed that these neoformations are involved in the use of concepts, not of complexes, and Gennady Kratsova writes that the program assumes that concepts will not be used until adolescence. Yet they apparently make efforts to encourage conscious awareness and mastery in younger children. 

Can you tell us more about the way moral development is viewed in the Golden Key Schools, and how the "nurturer" takes care of this?


On Apr 18, 2010, at 1:40 AM, Sue March wrote:

> Hi Martin
> I was at the summer school last year.  According to my notes the term
> Gennady used was овладение (ovladenie) which I would translate as mastery or
> mastering rather than acquiring.  I do not know if this is how it is usually
> translated though - others may be able to elaborate on this.
> Have just caught up with this interesting conversation over the weekend
> (perils of part-time PhD study).  The "pair pedagogy" is indeed a crucial
> part of creating the ZPD in Golden Key Schools.  There are different terms
> in Russian for the two teachers - one is a "teacher" or учитель (uchitel')
> and the other a "nurturer" or воспитатель (vospitatel') who takes care of
> the moral upbringing of the child, two aspects of development that were not
> separate in Vygotsky's time and which are reunited in the GK schools.
> The Golden Key School methodology (including pair pedagogy) was developed by
> Elena and Gennady together with their colleague Elena Berezhkovskaya.
> Elena and Gennady have also published the following chapter which may be of
> interest:
> Kravtsov, G. G., & Kravtsova, E. E. (2009). Cultural-historical psychology
> in the practice of education (S. March, Trans.). In M. Fleer, M. Hedegaard &
> J. Tudge (Eds.), World yearbook of education 2009:  childhood studies and
> the impact of globalization:  policies and practices at global and local
> levels. New York: Routledge.
> Sue March
> PhD Candidate
> Monash University, Australia
> Sue.March@education.monash.edu.au
> On 18/04/10 11:26 AM, "Martin Packer" <packer@duq.edu> wrote:
>> P.S. Gennadi Kravtsov writes that "Acquiring is a very important concept in
>> Vygotsky’s theory." Can any one tell me what Russian word is being used here,
>> and how it is usually translated, because I don't think 'acquire' appears as a
>> central concept in the English translations I am familiar with.
>> Martin
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