Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) as an emergent system : A dynamic systems theory perspective
Karimi Aghdam, S. (2017). Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) as an emergent system : A dynamic systems theory perspective. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 51 (1), 76-93. doi:10.1007/s12124-016-9359-1
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This paper sets out to present a novel construal of one of the notions of Vygotskian cultural-historical theory viz., zone of proximal development (ZPD) drawing upon dynamic systems theory. The principal thesis maintains that ZDP is an emergent and dynamic system which is engendered by a dialectical concatenation of psychogenesic and sociogenesic facets of human development over time. It is reasoned that Vygotskian cultural-historical theory of human development, by invoking dialectical logic, has transcended Cartesian substance dualism and in turn has proffered a monistic and process-anchored ontology for emerging becoming of human consciousness. Likewise, it is contended that dynamic systems theory, having assumed fluent flux of reality with a capital R as its ontological axiom, entails a consilience of cognitive and contextual conceptual schemes to describe, explain, and optimize human development. The paper concludes by drawing some interpretive conclusions in regard to ZPD from dynamic systems theory perspective. ...
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