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Mind, Culture, and Activity : Seminal Papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition - Michael Cole

Mind, Culture, and Activity

Seminal Papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition

By: Michael Cole (Editor), Yrjo Engestrom (Editor), Olga A. Vasquez (Editor)

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Published: 8th December 1997
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This volume brings together articles from The Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. The selected articles are important benchmarks in the recent history of research and theory on the cultural and contextual foundations of human development. The central theme of this discussion can be posed as a question: How shall we develop a psychology that takes as its starting point the actions of people participating in routine, culturally organized activities? The discussion is organized in terms of a set of overarching themes of importance to psychologists and other social scientists: The nature of context; experiments as contexts; culture-historical theories of culture, context, and development; the analysis of classroom settings as a social important context of development; the psychological analysis of activity in situ; and questions of power and discourse. This text will appeal to graduate students and professionals in psychology, anthropology, education, and child development.

"I strongly recommend it for those geoophysicists interpreting the geologic signals in magnetic anomaly field data and for tohers who might wish a torough tutorial on rock magnetism." ua Patrick T. Taylor, The Leading Edge "Fundamental questions about all of psychology are addressed in the book, and hence, it indeed makes an important contribution to psychology as a general science." Jaan Valsiner, Contemporary Psychology "Mind, Culture, and Activity is a collection of engaging articles from the Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. If you consider yourself a cognitive anthropologist, this collection is for you. Mind, Culture, and Acitivity is an engaging set of articles, easy reading, and well worth the time spent reading them." Jack H. Prost, American Anthropologist

Introduction to the 'Mind, Culture, Activity'
When is a context? Some issues and methods in the analysis of social competence
Plying frames can be dangerous: some reflections on methodology in cognitive anthropology
Experiments as Contexts
Concepts of ecological validity: their differing implications for comparative cognitive research
What's special about experiments as contexts for thinking?
Sociolinguistic structure of word lists and ethnic-group differences in categorized recall
Looking for Big Bird: studies of memory in very young children
'Body Analogy' and the cognition of rotated figures
Paradigms and prejudice Laboratory of Comparative
The early history of the Vygotskian school: the relationship between mind and activity
One developmental line in European activity theories
Activity, consciousness and communication
The sound of the violin
Non-Cartesian artefacts in dwelling activities: steps towards a semiotic ecology
Historical Analysis
The invention of writing and the development of numerical concepts in Sumeria: some implications for developmental psychology
Collective memory: issues from a socio-historical perspective
Students' interactional competence in the classroom
The competence/incompetence paradox in the education of minority culture children
The organization of bilingual lessons: implications for schooling
Kanji help readers of Japanese infer the meaning of unfamiliar
Functional environments for microcomputers in education
'But it's important data!': making the demands of a cognitive experiment meet the educational imperatives of the classroom
Performance before competence: assistance to child discourse in the zone of proximal development
Cognition in the Wild
Low-income children's pre-school literary experiences: some naturalistic observations
Selling candy: a study of cognition in context
Mediation and automatization
Mind in action: a functional approach to thinking
Coordination, cooperation and communicatoin in the Courts: expansive transitions in legal work
Power and Discourse
The politics of representation
Wisdom from the periphery: talk, thought and politics in the ethnographic theater of John Milington
Learning to be deaf: conflicts between hearing and deaf cultures
Why must might be right?: observations on sexual herrschaft
Just say no: responsibility and resistance
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ISBN: 9780521558235
ISBN-10: 0521558239
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 8th December 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68