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LRC 795B - Vygotsky and Education

Dr. Luis Moll

Course Description​ -  This course analyzes the cultural-historical psychology of Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky (1896-1934), among others, and its relevance for education. It is designed as an introduction to Vygotskian theory, focusing particularly on the pedagogical implications of these ideas. Throughout the course, we will balance a careful reading of theory with critical analysis of practical applications.


Learning Objectives - To prepare a research article or an anthology on a specific topic in relationship to Vygotsky's work. Complete the assigned readings and collect at least 15 more for the final research article or anthology. Included in the final will be an introduction, discussion and presentation to the class.


Zone of Proximal Development in Game Play

The zone of proximal development (ZPD) is that area of learning where a player can problem solve independently to a point, but needs some guidance or collaboration from others to make it to the next level.

How does the zone of proximal development impact players in video games?  How do player learn the complexity of video game play? What motivates and engages players to persist to higher levels in game play? 


In exploring this question, we can help to determine factors that will lead to the development of more effective game based learning strategies.  By implementing these strategies gameplay will encourage players to become more engaged and motivated in learning environments, thus achieving higher levels of knowledge acquisition.



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