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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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Education and professional work

Published works by M. Cole:

Cole, M., & Korzh, N. N. (1966). Obuchenie veroyatnostyam pri Dlitelnom trenirovke u bolnich schizofreniei. (Probability learning with extended training in schizophrenics.) Zh. Nevropatologii i Psikhiatrii, 66, 882-885.

Gay, J. & Cole, M. (1967). The New mathematics and an old culure. New York: Harcout-Brace.

Cole, M., Gay J., & Glick, J. (1968). Some experimental studies of Kpelle quantitative behavior. Psychonomic Monographs, 2, (10), (Whole No. 26).

Cole, M., & Maltzman, I. (Eds.). (1969). Handbook of Comtemporary Soviet Psychology. New York: Basic Books.

Cole, M., & Bruner, J. S. (1971). Cultural differences and inferences about psychological process. American Psychologist, 26 (10), 867-876.

Cole, M., Gay, J., Glick, J. A., & Sharp, D. W. (Eds.). (1971). The cultural context of learning and thinking. New York: Basic Books.

Cole, M., & Gay, J. (1972). Culture and memory. American Anthropologist, 74, 1066-1084.

Colby, B., & Cole, M. (1973). Culture, memory and narrative. In R. Flanegan & R. Horton (Eds.). Modes of thought. London: Faber & Faber.

Cole, M., & Scribner, S. (Eds.). (1974). Culture and thought: A psychological introduction. New York: Wiley. (Russian translation & Japanese translation).

Cole, M., & Scribner, S. (1975). Theorizing about socialization of cognition. Ethos, 3, 250-268.

Cole, M. (1976). An ethnographic psychology of cognition. In R. W. Brislin, S. Bochner & W. J. Lonner (Eds.), Cross-cultural perspectives on learning. New York: Halsted Press.

Goody, J., Scribner, S., & Cole, M. (1977). Writing and formal operations: A case study among the Vai. Africa, 47 (3), 289-304.

Cole, M., & Scribner, S. (1977). Developmental theories applied to cross-cultural cognitive research. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 285, 366-373.

Cole, M. (Ed.). (1978). Soviet developmental psychology. White Plains, NY: Sharpe.

Cole, M. (Ed.). (1978). The selected writings of Alexander R. Luria. White Plains, NY: Sharpe.

Cole, M., John-Steiner, V., Scribner, S., & Souberman, E. (Eds.). (1978). L. S. Vygotsky, Mind in society: The development of higher processes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cole, M., & Cole, S. (Eds.). (1979). The making of mind: The autobiography of A. R. Luria. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (introduction and biographical essay by M. Cole).

Sharp, D. (1981, Spring). Determinants of education achievement. Economics of Education Review 1 (2), 253-262.

Scribner, S., & Cole, M. (1981). The psychology of literacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cole, M., & Means, lB. (1981). Comparative studies of how people think: An introduction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Newman, D., Griffin, P., & Cole, M. (1989). The construction zone: Working for cognitive change in school. New York: Cambridge University Press. Paperback Edition: 1989. Reprinted into Spanish 1991.

Cole, M., & Cole, S. (1989). The development of children. New York: Scientific American. [Fifth Edition, 5th Edition, 2004)

Lomov, B.F., Belyaeva, A.V. & Cole, M. (Eds.) (1988). Cognition and communication. (In Russian). Moscow: Nauka (Science) Publishers.

Cole, M. (1989). Sotsialno-istoricheskii podkhod v obuchenii. (A social-historical approach to learning). Moscow: Pedagogika.

Cole, M. (1995). Cultural-historical psychology: A meso-genetic approach. In L.W. Martin, K. Nelso0n, & E. Toback (Eds.), Cultural psychology and activity theory: Essays in honor of Sylvia Scribner. New York: Cambridge University. (Reprinted in Akmeologia: A Scientific-Practical Journal, 2, 104-129. 1996)

Cole, M. & Wertsch, J.V. (1996). Contemporary implications of Vygotsky and Luria, Vol. XXI, 1995 Heinz Werner Lecture Series. MA: Clark University Press.

Cole, M. (1996) Cultural psychology: A once and future discipline. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Cole, M., Engestöm, Y., Vasquez, O. and LCHC. Mind, culture and activity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Cole, J. & Cole, M. (2000). Re-fusing anthropology and psychology. In A. Saito (Ed.), Bartlett, culture and cognition. UK: Psychology Press. (135-155).

Cole, M. & Levitin, K. (2000). A cultural-historical view of human nature: in N. Roughley (Ed.), Being humans: Anthropological universality and particularity in transdisciplinary perspectives . NY: deGruyter (64-80).

Cole, M. (2002). Culture and Development. In H. Keller, Y.H. Poortinga & A. Schölmeich (Eds.), Between culture and biology. Perspectives on ontogenetic development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press p. 303-319.

Brown, K. & Cole, M. (2002) Cultural activity theory and the expansion of opportunities for learning after school. In G. Wells & G. Claxton (eds.), Learning for life in the 21st century. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. P. 225-238. Newark DL. Vann, K., & Cole, M. (2004) Method and methodology in interpretive studies of cognitive life. In Z. Todd, B. Nerlich, S. McKeown, & D. Clarke (eds.), Mixing methods in psychology: The integration of Qualitative and quantitative methods in theory and practice. Psychology Press. P. 149-167.

Nocon, H. & Cole, M. (IN PRESS) School’s invasion of “After-school”-colonization, rationalization, or expansion of access? In Z. Bekerman, N.C. Burbules, & D. Silberman Keller (eds.), Learning in places: The Informal education reader. USA: Peter Lang Publishers.

Cole, M., & Levitin, K. (2005). The autobiography of A. R. Luria: A dialogue with The Making of Mind. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Cole, M., & The Distributed Literacy Consortium. (Ed.). (2006). The Fifth Dimension. An after-school program built on diversity. New York: Russell Sage.

Olson, D., & Cole, M. (Eds.) (2006). Technology, literacy, and the evolution of society. Implications of the work of Jack Goody. NJ: evolution of society.

Daniels, H., Cole, M. Wertsch, J.V. (Eds) (2007). The Cambridge companion to Vygotsky. New York, NY, US: Cambridge University Press.

Cole, M. (2008). Cultural and Cognitive Development in Phylogenetic, Historical and Ontogenetic Perspective. In W. Damon & R. Lerner (Eds.) Child and Adolescent Development. (PP. 593-639). Hoboken, NJ, US: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Free full-text articles by Michael Cole, some of them is Spanish and Russian.


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) 918

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 1435

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 3412

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

Alexander Romanovich Luria: Cultural Psychologist 1313

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

Socio-Cultural-Historical Activity Theories of Development in the Age of Hyperglobalization 911

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

Phylogenetic and Cultural History Tangle in Ontogenesis 1121


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