From his blog Religion-Outside-The-Box, Rabbi Brian provides a podcast that links to education through his brief (3 minute) explanation of Lev Vygotsky and his Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). The podcast provides an introduction to Vygotsky’s ideas for those who are unfamiliar with his work. Rabbi Brian talks about the literary implications of the ZPD. He keeps his tone very conversational which makes it easier to listen to, yet his explanation is definitely rooted in western thought. Applications for foreign contexts would need to be considered before translation.
Click the link before to listen to the podcast. It can be downloaded from iTunes.
Mayer, B. Z. (Producer). (2008, October 2). Zygotsky [Audio Podcast]. Religion-
Outside-The-Box. Retrieved from http://www.rotb.org/_4_z_1_z_1_podcast.html