Wednesday, April 9, 2008

zone of proximal development

the "zone" is theoretical basis for teaching/learning our research process. vygotski defines the zone of proximal development as "the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers." for example, consider the acquisition of language, which "arrises initially as a means of communication... [and] only subsequently, upon conversation to internal speech, does it come to organize thought.

Vygotski (1978) Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes.
our social research process starts with the research question, which shapes the design of the project but which is itself subject to reformulation as we learn more about the subject of our inquiry.

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