ERIC Number: EJ945250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Playful and Mindful Interactions in the Recursive Adaptations of the Zone of Proximal Development: A Critical Complexity Science Approach
Raia, Federica; Deng, Mario C.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v6 n4 p903-914 Dec 2011
We discuss Konstantinos Alexakos, Jayson Jones and Victor Rodriguez's hermeneutic study of formation and function of kinship-like relationships among inner city male students of color in a college physics classroom. From our Critical Complexity Science framework we first discuss the reading "erlebnisse" of students laughing at and with each other as something that immediately captured our attention in being transformative of the classroom. We continue by exploring their classroom and research experience as an emergent structure modifying their collective as well as their individual experiences. As we analyze both the classroom and the research space as a complex system, we reflect on the instructor/students interactions characterized by an asymmetrical "power" relationship. From our analysis we propose to consider the zone of proximal development as the constantly emerging and transforming person experience ("erlebnisse" and "erfahrung").
Descriptors: Physics, Urban Areas, Males, Family Relationship, Peer Relationship, Minority Group Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Research, Student Experience, Classroom Environment, Power Structure, Learning Theories, College Instruction, Student Development, Science Education, Science Instruction, Critical Theory, Educational Theories
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