The Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology

Author: Alberto Rosa
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521854105
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book, first published in 2007, is an international overview of the state of our knowledge in sociocultural psychology - as a discipline located at the crossroads between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Since the 1980s, the field of psychology has encountered the growth of a new discipline - cultural psychology - that has built new connections between psychology, sociology, anthropology, history and semiotics. The handbook integrates contributions of sociocultural specialists from fifteen countries, all tied together by the unifying focus on the role of sign systems in human relations with the environment. It emphasizes theoretical and methodological discussions on the cultural nature of human psychological phenomena, moving on to show how meaning is a natural feature of action and how it eventually produces conventional symbols for communication. Such symbols shape individual experiences and create the conditions for consciousness and the self to emerge; turn social norms into ethics; and set history into motion.

Learning and Cognition in Education

Author: Vibeke Grøver Aukrust
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0123814383
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This collection of 58 articles from the recently-published third edition of the INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EDUCATION focus on learning, memory, attention, problem solving, concept formation, and language. Learning and cognition is the foundation of cognitive psychology and encompasses many topics including attention, memory, categorization, etc. Most books in the area either focus on one subtopic in-depth (e.g. an entire book on memory) or cover the gamut of subjects in a series of long, technical handbook-like chapters. This concise reference offers researchers and professors teaching in the area a new take on the material that is comprehensive in breadth, but lighter in depth - focusing on main findings, established facts, and minimizing the amount of space taken up by large, multi-volume references. An introduction to a complex field via summaries of main topics in this discipline Contains contributions from the foremost international researchers in the field Makes content available to individual cognitive psychology researchers

Die Dimension der Intentionalit t im Sp twerk von Vygotskij

Author: Kötter, Barbara
Publisher: Lehmanns Media
ISBN: 3865416004
Format: PDF
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L. S. Vygotskij (1896-1934) zählt zu den bedeutendsten Psychologen des vergangenen Jahrhunderts. Sein Konzept der „Zone der nächsten Entwicklung“ ist Allgemeingut. Als Methodologe, als Entwicklungspsychologe, aber auch als Philosoph ist er bis heute jedoch weitgehend unbekannt. Neben der Verbannung seiner Schriften in der Stalin-Ära ist dies der Komplexität und Unabgeschlossenheit seines Werkes sowie der noch ausstehenden Veröffentlichung großer Teile des wissenschaftlichen Nachlasses geschuldet. Die nicht einfache Erschließung verlangt neben exakter Textarbeit die Rekonstruktion der Anregungen, die Vygotskij aus allen Bereichen der Humanwissenschaften aufnimmt und verdichtet. Hier wurde in letzter Zeit auch der Einfluss der Husserlschen Phänomenologie diskutiert. Dies war für Barbara Kötter Anlass, die Dimension der Intentionalität im Spätwerk von Vygotskij zu untersuchen. Eine Rekonstruktion dieses Begriffs bei Husserl, aber auch bei Merleau-Ponty und Lévinas im Vergleich zu Vygotskij zeigt, dass bei aller Nähe im Denken von psychischen Prozessen als raumzeitlichen Systemen eine fundamentale methodologisch-philosophische Differenz besteht. Einerseits ist „reine“ Intentionalität Grundlage der Analyse, andererseits muss Intentionalität jedoch stets Intentionalität von etwas sein. Letztlich ist es die Differenz zwischen einem cartesischen und einem spinozanischen Programm der Psychologie. Die Eröffnung des spinozanischen Weges durch Vygotskijs Kategorie des „Erlebens“ einerseits, die Öffnung der Phänomenologie andererseits durch Merleau-Ponty für die Problematik des Köpers/ des Leibes und durch Lévinas für die Problematik der Sozialität des eigenen Ego durch die Existenz des Anderen eröffnen jedoch Brücken, die zukünftig höchst interessante Diskussionen versprechen. Ein Vorwort von Wolfgang Jantzen führt ein in die gegenwärtige Debatte um mögliche Einflüsse phänomenlogischen Denkens im Werk von Vygotskij.

The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Author: Jaan Valsiner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199366225
Format: PDF
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The goal of cultural psychology is to explain the ways in which human cultural constructions -- for example, rituals, stereotypes, and meanings -- organize and direct human acting, feeling, and thinking in different social contexts. A rapidly growing, international field of scholarship, cultural psychology is ready for an interdisciplinary, primary resource. Linking psychology, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, and history, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the quintessential volume that unites the variable perspectives from these disciplines. Comprised of over fifty contributed chapters, this book provides a necessary, comprehensive overview of contemporary cultural psychology. Bridging psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives, one will find in this handbook: - A concise history of psychology that includes valuable resources for innovation in psychology in general and cultural psychology in particular - Interdisciplinary chapters including insights into cultural anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, culture and conceptions of the self, and semiotics and cultural connections - Close, conceptual links with contemporary biological sciences, especially developmental biology, and with other social sciences - A section detailing potential methodological innovations for cultural psychology By comparing cultures and the (often differing) human psychological functions occuring within them, The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology is the ideal resource for making sense of complex and varied human phenomena.

Dramatic Interactions in Education

Author: Susan Davis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147257690X
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Dramatic Interactions in Education draws together contemporary sociocultural research across drama and educational contents to draw out implications for researchers and practitioners both within and outside the field. Drama is a field for which human interactions, experience, emotional expression, and attitude are central, with those in non-arts fields discovering that understandings emerging from drama education can provide models and means for examining the affective and relational domains which are essential for understanding learning processes. In addition to this, those in the realm of drama education and applied theatre are realising that sociocultural and historical-cultural approaches can usefully inform their research and practice. Leading international theorists and researchers from across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia combine theoretical discussions, research methodologies, accounts of research and applications in classroom and learning contexts, as they explore concepts from Vygotsky's foundational work and interrogate key concepts such as perezhivanie (or the emotional, lived experience), development of self, zone of proximal development.

The Sociocultural Turn in Psychology

Author: Suzanne Kirschner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231519907
Format: PDF
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The sociocultural turn in psychology treats psychological subjects, such as the mind and the self, as processes that are constituted, or "made up," within specific social and cultural practices. In other words, though one's distinct psychology is anchored by an embodied, biological existence, sociocultural interactions are integral to the evolution of the person. Only in the past two decades has the sociocultural turn truly established itself within disciplinary and professional psychology. Providing advanced students and practitioners with a definitive understanding of these theories, Suzanne R. Kirschner and Jack Martin, former presidents of the American Psychological Association's Division of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, assemble a collection of essays that describes the discursive, hermeneutic, dialogical, and activity approaches of sociocultural psychology. Each contribution recognizes psychology as a human science and supports the individual's potential for agency and freedom. At the same time, they differ in their understanding of a person's psychological functioning and the best way to study it. Ultimately the sociocultural turn offers an alternative to overly biological or interiorized theories of the self, emphasizing instead the formation and transformation of our minds in relation to others and the world.

Vygotsky and Special Needs Education

Author: Harry Daniels
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441141685
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An international guide to using Vygotsky's theories to support children and schools in special needs education.

The Metalinguistic Dimension in Instructed Second Language Learning

Author: Karen Roehr
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441168567
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The metalinguistic dimension refers to the way in which learners bring to bear knowledge about language into their learning of a second language, the "L2". This book brings together new research on the metalinguistic dimension, given its increasing importance in the study of L2 acquisition. In applied linguistics it is widely accepted that L2 learners develop and use knowledge about language when engaging with the challenging task of acquiring a new language; this applies to both children and adults. It is definitions of the metalinguistic dimension that vary, and findings regarding its role in L2 learning are not necessarily homogenous or compatible. The scope exists for further, empirical, detailed research. This book explores the nature, development and role of the metalinguistic dimension and will be essential reading for all SLA scholars and those working in language and education.

Disability Across the Developmental Life Span

Author: Julie Smart, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826107354
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This is the only text to provide comprehensive coverage of human growth and development, a requirement mandated by the Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and for Licensed Professional Counselor certification. Written by an eminent leader in the field of disability studies, this book reflects a significant change in perceptions of individuals with disabilities from being defined foremost by their disability to being viewed as normal individuals with a disability. It provides an understanding of traditional human growth and development that will enhance the practice of disability counseling by enabling an understanding of a client's childhood and prior life experiences. The book begins with a focus on developmental theories and tasks, followed by a discussion of cultural and ethical considerations in human development. It considers the major theories of human development as they relate to people with and without disabilities, and career theories with a focus on the concept of choice. The book addresses specific developmental stages including a description of developmental tasks, risks, disability applications, specific disabilities common to a particular stage, and cultural and ethical issues, all supported by case examples. Key Features: Fulfills the required CORE mandated course on human growth and development and the disability experience Addresses disability across the lifespan in relation to developmental stages Authored by highly a respected expert in disability studies