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Sociocultural Studies of Mind : Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Persp - James V. Wertsch

Sociocultural Studies of Mind

Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Persp

By: James V. Wertsch (Editor), Pablo del Rio (Editor), Amelia Alvarez (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th November 1995
ISBN: 9780521476430
Number Of Pages: 268

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Sociocultural Studies of Mind addresses the question of how mental functioning is related to the cultural, historical, and institutional settings in which it takes place. There are three unifying ideas that run through the volume: 1) one of the basic ways that sociocultural setting shapes mental functioning is through the cultural tools employed, 2) mediation provides a formulation of how this shaping occurs, and 3) in order to specify how cultural tools exist and have their effects, it is essential to focus on human action as a unit of analysis. This landmark volume defines a general approach to sociocultural psychology--one that the authors hope will be debated and redefined as the field moves forward. Sociocultural Studies of Mind will be crucial for researchers and graduate students in cognitive science, philosophy, and cultural anthropology.

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"...highly recommendable as a target reference for discussion as well as an introductory textbook." Giyoo Hatano, Mind, Culture, and Activity "...provides a veritable reflection of diverse directions within different psychological traditions into which Vygotskian ideas are developing in different countries." Alex Kozulin, Contemporary Psychology "For those familiar with a sociocultural approach, this book furnishes several interesting discussions regarding unresolved issues in the area as well as some useful empirical illustrations. For those new to the approach, the book provides a broad collection of ideas that will serve as a useful introduction to a promising perspective for the discipline." Mary Gauvain, Applied Cognitive Psychology

Introduction
Human Action: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
Cultural-historical psychology and the psychological theory of activity: retrospect and prospect
The need for action in sociocultural research
Theories of action, speech, natural language, and discourse
Mediation in Action
Writing and the mind
An approach to an integrated sensory-motor system in the human central brain and a subconscious computer
Sociocultural Setting, Intersubjectivity, and the Formation of the Individual
Observing sociocultural activity on three planes: participatory appropriation, guided participation, apprenticeship
The constitution of the subject: a persistent question
Sociocultural Settings: Design and Intervention
Socio-cultural-historical psychology: some general remarks and a proposal for a new kind of cultural-genetic methodology
Tossing, praying, and thinking: the changing architectures of mind and agency
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ISBN: 9780521476430
ISBN-10: 0521476437
Series: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Persp
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 13th November 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.24  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.35

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