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Stephen Campbell

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Constructivism (Fwd: [Maths-Education] The Sociological Theory of
Piaget and Vygotsky)

Posted: Aug 22, 2000 11:36 AM
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I have received kind permission from Dr. Engström to forward this
post to the amte listserver. Perhaps some of you will find it of

>X-From_: Mon Aug 21 12:53:50 2000
>Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 09:48:46 +0100
>From: Arne Engström <>
>Subject: [Maths-Education] The Sociological Theory of Piaget and Vygotsky
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>Dear list members,
>may I draw your attention to a recently published journal
>- New Ideas in Psychology, 2000,18(2-3) -
>that probably not usually are read by the list members.
>It is a special issue on the sociological(!) works of Piaget (Sociological
>Studies, 1995, Routledge).
>Those of you who still believe that Piaget has nothing to contribute to the
>issue of "the social" in mathematics education will be surprised, (as well
>as those of you who do not know that Vygotsky was a behaviorist as late as
>1930..... see deVries below.)
>In one article on "Contstraint and cooperation algebraic probem solving",
>Analucia Schliemann argues that "Piaget's, analysis of the role of social
>life and cooperation constitute a rich theoretical approach for
>understanding how children come to develop, understand, and use culturally
>developed mathematical representations".
>A new translation (made by Les Smith, UK) of Piaget's response to Vygotsky
>remarks about Piaget's theory is also published.
>May I quote from the introduction of one of the papers:
>"One might legitimately wonder why discussion of a collection of essays
>written between 40 to 70 years ago is appropriate for a journal entitled
>New Ideas in Psychology. But the issues Piaget discussed in these essays
>are of just as much importance today as they were at the time he was
>writing. This is because in these essays Piaget explored the role of social
>interaction in the development of knowledge from an epiistemological
>The journal can be found on:
>*New Ideas in Pschology, 2000,18(2-3)*
>Kitchener, R.F. Editor's introduction.119-120.
>Furth, H.G. & Youniss, J. Reflections on Piaget's sociological studies.
>Harree, R. Piaget's "Sociological Studies". 135-138.
>The role of social inteaction in Piaget's theory: language for social
>cooperation and social cooperation for language. 139-156.
>Schlieman, A.D. Constraint and cooperation in algebraic problem solving.
>Moessinger, P. Piaget: from biology to sociology. 171-176.
>Lightfoot, C. On respect. 177-185.
>DeVries, R. Vygotsky, Piaget, and Education: a reciprocal assimilation of
>theories and educational practices. 187-213.
>Sociocultural critique of Piaget and Vygotsky. 215-239.
>Piaget, J. Commentary on Vygotsky's criticisms of Laanguage and thought of
>the child and Judgement and reasoning in teh child. 241-259.
>Mays, W. Piaget's sociology revisited. 261-275.
>Via your university library you may also be able to read the article on-line.
>My best
>Arne Engström
>Arne Engström Ph D
>Senior lecturer
>Department of Education
>Örebro university
>SE-701 82 ÖREBRO
>Phone +46 19 30 38 58
>Fax +46 19 30 32 59
>Maths-Education mailing list



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