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Roundtable: Getting Beyond the Zone of proximal Development - further possibilities for cultural historical analyses


These papers were presented as a roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California, 28 April, 2013.

Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) provides conceptual tools allowing scholars to simultaneously build scientific understanding and inform practice. One such conceptual tool is the idea of artifact-mediated, object-oriented action as a unit of analysis. Each paper in this session uses this concept to understand how learning environments for children and their educators can be enriched. This common focus integrates diverse contexts (centers and home-based care; USA and Australia) and foci (associations between models of caregiving and the organization of daily routine activities, teacher interpretations of children’s use of digital media, and a professional development intervention). Thus, the session illustrates the potential utility of CHAT for comparative understanding and for informing practice through different but simultaneous perspectives across temporal contexts.


The session included papers by three authors and a discussion by Alison Wishard (University of California, San Diego).

Thank you for your interest. To contact any of the authors, please click on her name to find her professional web page with contact information.