Playing with Conscientização: A Collectividual Project for a World we Wish to See

By Bibi Calderaro, Atasi Das, Katherine E. Entigar, & André L. L. F. Sales [C]onsciousness, provided that we do not lose sight of its content, is not just a psychological phenomenon but also, and above all, an ideological phenomenon, a product of social intercourse. (Vološinov, 1976, pp. 114–115) In the midst of a global pandemic of unprecedented reach and uncertain unfoldings synchronic with an already … Continue reading Playing with Conscientização: A Collectividual Project for a World we Wish to See

AERA Cultural-Historical SIG (30) Call

We are looking forward to receiving interesting paper proposals for the forthcoming Cultural-Historical Research Special Interest Group (SIG #30)of the AERA Annual Meeting taking place in Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2021.  The Cultural-Historical Research Special Interest Group (SIG #30) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a diverse grouping of researchers who approach learning, development and social change from a cultural-historical, socio-cultural and/or activity theoretic perspective. … Continue reading AERA Cultural-Historical SIG (30) Call

TT01: Playing in the Pandemic

By Anna Harris & John Harris It started with a blurry little cherry tomato catching the overhead light during a video call. It did so in such a way that it gave the tomato two eyes. My dad (John) was holding the tomato to the screen, keeping my three-year-old (Bastian) amused with fruits and vegetables that were lying on the kitchen table nearby.  Our calls … Continue reading TT01: Playing in the Pandemic

Is It Smart to Humiliate China?

By James V. Wertsch, jwertsch@wustl.edu Building on ideas of Vygotsky, Luria, and Cassirer about the semiotic mediation of human discourse and mind, this short article assumes that national narratives are crucial, but little recognized forces in shaping national memory.  In this case, the focus is on the “Century of Humiliation” national narrative in China that is often in the background as the PRC interacts with … Continue reading Is It Smart to Humiliate China?

Vygotsky in Vietnam: An Interview with Định Lê Thiên, The “Old Vư-gốt-xki-an”

By Helena Worthen, helenaworthen@gmail.com In this e-mail interview, Helena Worthen engages in a conversation with the “Old Vygotskian,” Định Lê Thiên, founder of Gia Môn Sen Sáng Learning Center in Phan Rang, Vietnam. Some Historical and Cultural Background In the interview that follows, Định Lê Thiên describes the Gia Môn Sen Sáng Centre in Phan Rang, Vietnam. Foreign readers will ask, “If this is an alternative after-school program, what … Continue reading Vygotsky in Vietnam: An Interview with Định Lê Thiên, The “Old Vư-gốt-xki-an”

Enseñanza Universitaria Durante el COVID-19: 10 Principios Pedagógicos

By David Preiss. daviddpreiss@gmail.com 1. No estoy enseñando solamente. Estoy acompañando a mis estudiantes durante una pandemia. Ni mis estudiantes ni yo esperábamos que Íbamos a tener un semestre sin actividades presenciales. Nuestras clases online son también momentos de intercambio humano, no sólo de aprendizaje. 2. Este no es el momento para dudar de la honestidad de mis estudiantes. Transmitiré que confío en su capacidad … Continue reading Enseñanza Universitaria Durante el COVID-19: 10 Principios Pedagógicos

An Urgent Call from Mind, Culture, and Activity

In an editorial titled Humanity’s leading activity: survival, of the humanity of our species, the editors of Mind, Culture and Activity: An International Journal make an urgent call for scholars to address pressing issues, offering both the journal and the Cultural Praxis website as a two-gear system of dissemination. You can download the full editorial open access here. Continue reading An Urgent Call from Mind, Culture, and Activity

Playworlds, portals and airlocks between timescales: Generating hope in Brooklyn, early April, 2020

Richard Schechner refers to Winnicott’s transitional object as the blanket or stuffed animal that is the first “not-me,” representing the mother (primary caretaker) when she (he) is absent (pp. 111-112). For those of us who believe that to be human is to be social, such that there is no such thing as an individual human—this transitional object is the first connect to another. Continue reading Playworlds, portals and airlocks between timescales: Generating hope in Brooklyn, early April, 2020

Cuando el Aprendizaje Surge Desde el Interior: Aprender a Crear Sentido en Familia

Ana Belén García Varelaabelen.garcia@uah.es Podemos vivir esta situación como una gran oportunidad para crear valor en nuestra vida, para volver a reconectar con nosotros mismos y con las personas a las que queremos y valoramos; podemos asumirlo como una oportunidad que nos da la vida para replantearnos la manera en que estábamos viviendo.  La actual situación de confinamiento como oportunidad En estas semanas de confinamiento, … Continue reading Cuando el Aprendizaje Surge Desde el Interior: Aprender a Crear Sentido en Familia