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Rousing Minds to Life
Teaching, Learning, and Schooling in Social Context


  • Date Published: June 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521406031

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About the Authors
  • Addressing widespread discontent with contemporary schooling, Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore develop a unified theory of education and offer a prescription: the reconstitution of schools as 'educating societies'. Drawing on studies from the family nursery through the university seminar, and on their own successful experiences with thousands of students over two decades, their theory is firmly based in a culture-sensitive devellopmental psychology but seeks to integrate all the recent work in the Vygotskian tradition with basic concepts in cognitive science, anthropology, and sociolinguistics. One of the authors' primary resources is the Kamehameha Elementary Education Program (KEEP), generally regarded as the world's outstanding research and development program for elementary schooling.

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    'Rarely have I seen a book that blends so successfully the big educational picture with the micro-picture of the teacher-student encounter, and it does so with the purpose of changing the way teachers work with students. Rousing Minds to Life is an exceptional book.' Mike Rose, author of Lives on the Boundary

    'This is probably the most interesting and important book we have on how the ideas of Vygotsky and others can be extended and applied to contemporary issues of education.' James Wertsch, Clark University

    'In this book the authors achieve a powerful synthesis of theoretical advances in Vygotskian theory … they have (also) provided psychologists with a significant new model of the teaching-learning process.' Vera John-Steiner, University of New Mexico

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521406031
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 154 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Teaching, Schooling, and Literacy: A Unified Theory of Education:
    1. The redefinition of teaching and schooling
    2. A theory of teaching as assisted performance
    3. The means of assisting performance
    4. The social organization of assisted performance
    5. Language, literacy, and thought
    Part II. Practice:
    6. A school organized for teaching: the Kamehameha Elementary Education Program
    7. The activity setting of the instructional conversation: developing word and discourse meaning
    8. The orchestration of activity settings: learning and social interaction in the whole group and independent centers
    9. The interpsychological plane of teacher training
    10. Assisting teacher performance through the ZPD: a case study
    11. The intrapsychological plane of teacher training: the internalization of higher-order teaching skills
    12. The schools in mind and society
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Roland G. Tharp

    Ronald Gallimore

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