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Vygotsky in 21st Century Society

Advances in Cultural Historical Theory and Praxis with Non-Dominant Communities

Pedro R. Portes and Spencer Salas

Vygotsky in Twenty-first Century Society is an ensemble of novel perspectives about the legacy of Lev Vygotsky and Alexander Luria. The book illustrates how well the legacy of their work is being applied and continued in contemporary research, and how cultural historical theory has been constructed and re-constructed. Together, these collected essays inform a broader discussion of how a developmentally-oriented cultural paradigm can guide learning and teaching in social and educational policy and in group or individual counseling. Readers will find discussions of issues in human development that have previously been overlooked. This book is important and timely in addressing these issues and fault-lines, particularly for advancing both equity and scientific understandings.
Contents: Joseph Glick: Dynamics in the «Sabor» of Vygotsky – Fernando González Rey: The Path to Subjectivity: Advancing Alternative Understandings of Vygotsky and the Cultural Historical Legacy – Guillermo Arias Beatón: The Process of Producing Knowledge: Vygotsky Revisited – Alex Kozulin: Cognitive Aspects of the Transition from a Traditional to a Modern Technological Society – Carl Ratner: Macro Cultural Psychology, the Psychology of Oppression, and Cultural-Psychological Enrichment – Pedro R. Portes: Vygotsky’s Significance in Advancing Counseling and Psychotherapy – Jose Dergan: A Cultural-Historical Approach to Neuropsychological Treatment: Understanding Latino and Other Non-Dominant Groups – Luis C. Moll: Only Life Educates: Immigrant Families, the Cultivation of Biliteracy, and the Mobility of Knowledge – Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán/Peter Smagorinsky: Computer-Mediated Learning and Young Latino/a Students’ Developing Expertise – Patricia Baquedano-López/Ariana Mangual Figueroa/Sera Jean Hernandez: An Integrated Approach to the Study of Transitions as Learning Activity: Two Cases from Spanish Immersion Classrooms – Leticia Tomas Bustillos/Robert Rueda/Estela Mara Bensimon: Faculty Views of Underrepresented Students in Community College Settings: Cultural Models and Cultural Practices – Margaret Gallego/Olga A. Vásquez: Praxis in Dis-coordination – Richard Durán: Development of Latino Family-School Engagement Programs in U.S. Contexts: Enhancements to Cultural Historical Activity Theory Accounts.