Writing for the general public is challenging — and rewarding. How would YOU explain Vygotsky’s theory for a general audience – e.g, parents, teachers, coaches, relatives – without sacrificing accuracy? It might be harder than it looks!
Peter Smagorinsky publishes prolifically and also contributes regular newspaper columns for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Andy Blunden translates, curates, and publishes at ethicalpolitics.org and also maintains a vibrant YouTube presence.
Feel free to respond this week in written or in video form. What would YOU say?
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Vygotsky’s theory socialises the individual and accounts for the movement and reorganisation of meaning across social agencies. This is largely achieved by distinguishing, developmentally, the use of signs and the ability to undertake actions.
Inspiration might very well be found in the great series, 5 LEVELS, where experts explain one concept to five different audiences, ranging from children to fellow experts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLibNZv5Zd0dyCoQ6f4pdXUFnpAIlKgm3N
The 5 LEVELS series also forms a nice bridge back to last week’s discussion on CONCEPTS.
P.S. Andy was put on the spot, with no warm up, in this week’s excerpt.
How does everybody think he did?