For our next coffee hour, our guest will be Anna Shvarts, University of Utrecht, who will discuss two papers that investigate the historical origins and a possible theoretical perspective on the concepts of scaffolding and semiotic mediation. She and her colleagues bridge a cultural-historical approach, developed by Vygotsky, and a coordination dynamics approach, grounded in the ideas of Nikolai Bernstein, and show how those fields were historically intertwined. The notions of body-artifacts, functional systems, and intercorporeal functional systems allow us to explain the processes of semiotic mediation and scaffolding as material practices in the ecological, cultural environment of the human species. Our functional dynamic systems is monist in that it aims to avoid the ontological gap between body and mind. It sketches an explanation of teaching/learning motor skills and mathematics as essentially the same practices.
We are hoping that Anna’s co-authors, Arthur Bakker and Dor Abrahamson will be able to attend, making for a rich discussion.
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