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Michael Cole

Michael Cole

Cole M.

Doctor of Psychology, Professor, California University; the head of the Laboratory of comparative human studies, San Diego, USA,

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Last updated: 06.11.2018

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Michel Cole about himself:

"For many years I have been seeking to develop a mediational theory of mind building upon the traditions of Russian cultural-historical activity theories and American pragmatic social sciences. Early in my career this work began with a series of cross-cultural studies of cognitive development, especially as development relates to the roles of literacy and schooling. Subsequently my interests in culture, context, and development led to a series of studies designed to study development using a combination of experimental, quasi-experimental, and in-situ methods associated with microethnography and participant observation. For the past decade I have been engaged in a large, and growing, analysis of a large number of special "microcultures" ("Fifth Dimensions") that have been designed to promote the intellectual and social development of children. These waves of research are described in a book published in 1996, Cultural Psychology: A Once and Future Discipline (Harvard University Press).

At present my research is carried out within the broad mandate of the University of California to assist in the education of the state’s children. I make extensive use of new communication technologies in this work including support for XMCA, a quasi-moderated discussion group and the use of computers and computer networks in research with both children in community settings and undergraduates. I also am studying the use of interactive video-conferencing as a medium for teaching and inter-institutional collaboration".

Articles 6

Cultural-Historical Psychology (2018. Vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 41–51)

Human Development and the Creative Potential of Culture (Roundtable of the methodological seminar supervised by V.V. Rubtsov and B.D. Elkonin) 882

CrossRef doi:10.17759/chp.2018140406

Cultural-Historical Psychology (2015. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 55–68)

The Study of Behavior in its Context: a Mesogenetic Approach 1409

CrossRef doi:10.17759/chp.2015110405

Cultural-Historical Psychology (2014. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 4–18)

"Cultural Revolution" in Cognitive Science: From Neuroplasticity to Genetic Mechanisms of Acculturation 3296

Cultural-Historical Psychology (2013. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 88–98)

Alexander Romanovich Luria: Cultural Psychologist 1295

Cultural-Historical Psychology (2009. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 66–73)

Socio-Cultural-Historical Activity Theories of Development in the Age of Hyperglobalization 891

Cultural-Historical Psychology (2007. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 3–16)

Phylogenetic and Cultural History Tangle in Ontogenesis 1109


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