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Earlier I posted about Rabbi Brian’s brief explanation of Lev Zygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development. His podcast was very short (3 minutes) and rooted in western thought.

Zygotsky’s ideas are important enough to the field of education and the way teachers look at students that I decided to take another look. I found Dr. Dan Campbell’s podcast (Episode 4.Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) from The Learning Theory Podcast) much more satisfying. Like Rabbi Brian, Dr. Campbell provides a short explanation of Zygotsky’s idea (just shy of 8 minutes long), but his explanation is rooted in the history of the theory instead of trying to explain it through western examples. He does give implications of the theory, but they take into consideration history, culture, and perspective.

Dr. Campbell reminds his listener that “Zygotsky rejected assumptions on cognition and focused on the social aspects of learning.” Then he provides visuals (available either on the listening device as album art or through a transcript that can be found on his website http://goo.gl/M9B6i).

After work with a “More Knowledgable Other (MKO)”

The podcast can be found at the following link or downloaded through iTunes:

4. Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)

Citation for podcast:

Campbell, D. (Producer). (2008, March 1). 4. zygotsky’s zone of proximal development [Audio Podcast]. The Learning Theory Podcast. Retrieved from http://www.dancampbell.us/podcast/LTP_Episode-4.mp3

Citation for images:

Campbell, D. (Producer). (2008). Zygotsky’s zpd. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.dancampbell.us/podcast/LTP-4_Vygotsky_ZPD.pdf