30.11.2020 From the concept of ZPD to the practice of dynamic assessment

On November, 30th took place the second meeting of the project “ReadingLive: Moscow CHAT Reading Club. The project is aimed at bringing together psychologists, educators, researchers, students and all those interested in Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach, creating a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue of people from all over the world.

November’s invited expert was Alex Kozulin, Professor, Head of M.Ed. program in Special Education, Achva College; Director of International Research and Training, Feuerstein Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. His presentation “From the concept of ZPD to the practice of dynamic assessment” focused on a chapter Dynamic assessment in search of its identity in a recently published book Cambridge handbook of cultural-historical psychology by Yasnitsky, Van der Veer, & Ferrari (Eds.). In his work prof. Kozulin argues that evaluation of individual learning potential is no less important than testing the current performance level, and that the best way of doing this is to insert learning and interactive elements into the assessment procedure. The idea of dynamic assessment underlies the notion of Zone of proximal development, introduced by L.S. Vygotsky. ZPD is something, that static evaluation procedures are unable to reveal, so other techniques, aimed at “catching” the potential rather than current level of the child’s development, need to be elaborated.

Prof. Kozulin’s presentation was discussed by Carol Lidz, professor, specialist in Dynamic Assessment (USA).

The presentation was followed by a discussion, in which both well-known specialists as well as students and junior scholars took part. Vitaly RubtsovGalina ZuckermanEugene Subbotsky and Maria S. Veggetti were among the participants of the discussion. The discussion was moderated by Olga Rubtsova, PhD, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood.

The webinar gathered over 80 participants from different countries, including Russia, Serbia, Italy, USA, Israel, Great Britain, Greece and Brazil.

Relevant materials:

Kozulin A. Dynamic assessment in search of its identity. / In: Cambridge handbook of cultural-historical psychology by Yasnitsky, Van der Veer, & Ferrari (Eds.)

The video of the second meeting is available below:

“ReadingLive” is a scientific and educational project, operated by Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood and International UNESCO Chair “Cultural-Historical Psychology of Childhood” with the International Journal “Cultural-Historical Psychology” and the University project “Vygotsky’s Library”.

The project is aimed at psychologists, educators, researchers, students and all those interested in Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach. “ReadingLive” is a special setting, where people from all over the world are invited to read and discuss both classical and contemporary works, written in the framework of the Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach. Project moderators  are Olga Rubtsova  and Anna Shvedovskaya.

The project will continue its work, inviting for further dialogue and exchange of experience.

Videos of the other webinars:

02.03.2021. Scaffolding as an embodied process within student-teacher functional system.

28.01.2021. P.Y. Galperin’s Development of Human Mental Activity: implications for practice and research.

12.10.2020. The Urgency of Agency.

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