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Mind and Social Practice
Selected Writings of Sylvia Scribner


Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

Barbara Rogoff, Aggie Scribner Kapelman
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  • Date Published: May 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521462037

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  • Sylvia Scribner's research and theory have been monumental in forming the emergent field of cultural psychology. Her studies of reasoning and thinking in their cultural and activity contexts added new concepts, methods, and findings to what many are now viewing as a distinctive branch of psychological studies. She was among the first to combine ethnographic studies with experimental studies in order to determine relationships among indigenous literacy and logical activities and their cognitive outcomes. Mind and Social Practice brings together published and previously unpublished work from Sylvia Scribner's productive and wide-ranging career. The book is arranged chronologically and includes five section introductions by the editors, placing Scribner's work in the context of her life, her commitments, and the political and intellectual events of the times. Her later, more theoretically rich writing is enhanced by an appreciation of her earlier work.

    • An exemplary collection for teaching how to be a significant psychologist
    • Sylvia Scribner was an extremely important figure, in particular for the way science and society are intertwined in her work (which is fashionable today)
    • An integration of biography and scientific contributions to psychology - some of it never published before
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    • Date Published: May 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521462037
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Series foreword
    Foreword Barbara Rogoff
    A Daughter's Perspective Aggie Scribner Kapelman
    Part 1: Pscychology as Social Practice:
    1. Issues in the development of a labor mental health program
    2. Advocacy: strategy or slution?
    3. What is community psychology made of?
    4. Social class and mental illness: a critical review
    5. Research as a social process
    6. Psychology and the problems of society: a review
    7. Psychologists, process and performance
    Part II. Thinking and Cultural Systems:
    8. Societal structures of the mind: a review
    9. Culture and cognition: a review
    10. Situating the experiment in cross-cultural research
    11. Recall of classical syllogisms: a cross-cultural investigation of error on logical problems
    12. Modes of thinking and ways of speaking: culture and logic reconsidered
    13. Intelligence tests: a comparative perspective
    Part III. Literacy: Mind and Society:
    14. The cognitive consequences of literacy
    15. The practices of literacy: where mind and society meet
    16. Literacy in three metaphors
    17. Observations on literacy education in China
    18. Studying literacy at work: bringing the laboratory to the field
    19. Introduction: The future of literacy in a changing world
    Part IV. Cognitive Development: Sociohistorical Perspective:
    20. Vygotsky's uses of history
    21. A sociocultural approach to the study of mind
    22. Three developmental paradigms
    Part V. Thinking at Work:
    23. Mind in action: a functional approach to thinking
    24. Knowledge at work
    25. Thinking in action: some characteristics of practical thought
    26. Studying working intelligence
    27. Mental and manual work: an activity theory orientation
    28. Toward a model of practical thinking at work
    29. Head and hand: an action approach to thinking
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    Ethel Tobach, American Museum of Natural History, New York

    Rachel Joffe Falmagne, Clark University, Massachusetts

    Mary Brown Parlee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Laura M. W. Martin, Arizona Museum of Science and Technology

    Aggie Scribner Kapelman, National Labor Relations Board


    Barbara Rogoff


    Barbara Rogoff, Aggie Scribner Kapelman

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