Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Vygotsky

October 2nd, 2004

Between the process mediation workshop and Betty’s poster session on self-regulation, I finally have a conceptual understanding of zone of proximal development (ZPD) via insight markers (a place where the individual can grow), and yet this being somehow distinct or separate from my ‘desire’ that an individual self-identify these markers and work them through for whatever learning they’re worth. !
There’s a dialogic benefit to both parties in this kind of discourse, because the mediator is ALSO engaged in a process of self-insight about the ways their own desires (or filters, or fears, or habitual responses – all of the things that are defined by Vygotsky as “objects“) mediate their interpersonal communication with others.
Process mediation distinguishes between prompts and Billig calls dialogic repression.)
I had to leave the workshop at break because of my poster session :-(, and I also bailed on Betty’s poster last night after an hour and a half (brain overload). It’s clear though, that the community Betty is building around this notion of process mediation is establishing itself as a discursive center for social change within the field of interpreting. I think it is working hand-in-glove with the peer mentoring project Laurie and Wendy shared in their workshop (some of the same characters are involved in both initiatives). Very exciting!

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