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Sociocultural Psychology
Theory and Practice of Doing and Knowing
by Laura M.W. Martin Katherine Nelson Ethel Tobach Roy Pea John Seely Brown Christian Heath

RRP €89.55

Sociocultural Psychology
Theory and Practice of Doing and Knowing
by Author Name Laura M.W. Martin, Katherine Nelson, Ethel Tobach, Roy Pea, John Seely Brown, Christian Heath

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List Price:89.55
Format: Hardback, 228 x 152 x 27mm, 428pp
Publication date: 29 Sep 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13: 9780521462785


These essays by leading theorists and researchers in sociocultural, cognitive, developmental and educational psychology honour the memory of Sylvia Scribner, whose work is recognized by each of the authors as seminal to their own thinking. The themes include the relationship between history and culture, the importance of context to thinking, the place of literacy in human activity and thought, and cognition in school and in the workplace. The volume presents applications of activity theory to fundamental issues in human behaviour at work, in school, and in problem solving situations, and it analyses historical-societal processes in science and culture. Scribner's conviction that science holds a responsibility to human welfare and understanding is carried on in these chapters. Sociocultural Psychology is crucial reading for researchers and graduate students in sociocultural, cognitive, developmental and educational psychology.


"...the volume brings to its readers a number of valuable new ideas and current intellectual position statements..." Jaan Valsiner, Contemporary Psychology


1. Introduction Laura Martin, Katherine Nelson and Ethel Tobach; 2. Situated theory as a bridge between psychology, history, and educational practices Robert Serpell; 3. The uniqueness of human labor Ethel Tobach; 4. Reflecting Russian consciousness Jerome Bruner; 5. Opening vistas for cognitive psychology William Hirst and David Manier; 6. Analysis of developmental processes in sociocultural activity Barbara Rogoff, Barabara Radziszewska and Tracy Miello; 7. Linking thought and setting in the study of workplace learning Laura M. W. Martin; 8. Creating sustainable activity systems: a meso-genetic approach Michael Cole; 9. The abstract and the concrete Rachel Joffe Falmagne; 10. From spontaneous to scientific concepts: continuities and discontinuities from childhood to adulthood Katherine Nelson; 11. The psychology of Japanese literacy: expanding 'The practice account' Giyoo Hatano; 12. Voices of thinking and speaking James V. Wertsch, Fran Hagstrom and Eve Kikas; 13. The qualitative analysis of the development of a child's theoretical knowledge and thinking Mariane Hedegaard; 14. Intellectual and manual labor: implications for developmental theory Joseph Glick; 15. Innovative organizational learning in medical and legal settings Yrjo Engestrom; 16. Visionary realism, lifespan discretionary time, and the evolving role of work Howard E. Gruber.

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  • Illustrations: 25 b/w illus. 7 tables