Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction, July 8 to July 19, 2013

This course analyzes the cultural-historical psychology of L. S. Vygotsky (1896-1934), among other scholars, and its relevance for education.  It is designed as an introduction to Vygotskian theory, especially his concept of the cultural mediation of thinking. In addition, the course will examine the connection of Vygotskian ideas to a “funds of knowledge” approach to establishing a culturally responsive pedagogy. Throughout the course, we will balance a careful reading of theory with critical analysis of practical applications.

The course will be conducted as a graduate seminar, combining substantive presentations with discussions, and small study groups. Students will form study groups at the beginning of the course. Although students will be responsible for all readings, each study group will be asked to address particular readings and to help lead the discussion in class. During each class meeting, study groups will have the opportunity to meet. The instructor will join each group’s conversation before resuming whole class discussion.

Visiting Scholar: Luis C. Moll

luisLuis C. Moll, born in Puerto Rico, is a professor, Department of Language, Reading and Culture, College of Education, University of Arizona. He joined the faculty of LRC in 1986. Prior to that, from 1979-1986, he worked at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition and the Communications Department, both of the University of California, San Diego.

His research addresses the connections among culture, psychology and education, especially in relation to the education of Latino children in the US. Among other studies, he has analyzed the quality of classroom teaching, examined literacy instruction in English and Spanish, studied how literacy takes place in the broader social contexts of household and community life, and attempted to establish pedagogical relationships among these domains of study.