Here’s a down and dirty rundown:Go! Read!
•Vygotsky was a Russian psychologist who believed that our development is shaped by the people around us;
•Scaffolding is the idea that together we help each other learn (this term is not Vygotsky’s but it was developed from his ideas);
•the Zone of Proximal Development is the space between what we know and what we can learn with someone else’s help.
I was thinking about scaffolding on the context of talking about adoption and thinking about how many of us don’t/can’t do it. I see this in some of the discussion on Open Adoption Support and on other blogs, how hard it is to talk to our kids about adoption. Some of us get as far as developing a Life Book but don’t get any further. And some of us say, “Well, this is my child’s story and I don’t want to influence it. I will let them bring it up. I will let them write the narrative.”
But what we’re doing is ignoring that Zone of Proximal Development; we are not helping our children over the gap.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Dawn, Vygotsky and the Zone of Proximal Development
Ooooooh, I love big words and even bigger ideas! Dawn at This Woman's Work talks about scaffolding and adoption talk: