An Integrated Theory of Thinking and Speaking that Draws on Vygotsky and Bakhtin/Vološinov

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Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal, ISSN: 2325-3290, Vol: 1

Publication Year:
2013
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http://dpj.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/dpj1/article/view/20
DOI:
10.5195/dpj.2013.20
Author(s):
Roth, Wolff-Michael ;
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University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal
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education, applied linguistics, Vygotsky, Bakhtin circle, cultural-historical activity theory, sociocultural theory, socio-historical theory, dialogism, materialist dialectics, unit analysis
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Vygotsky’s social-psychological theory of human development and Bakhtin/Vološinov’s theory of language and the dialogical nature of thought have received increasing interest in the educational research literature but tend to remain unrelated even where co-citation occurs. In this article, I first present a model that integrates the fundamentally common features in the two approaches and present a table with the correspondences of the theoretical terms across four European languages; the model thereby integrates the psychological and sociological dimensions at the heart of the two approaches. I then articulate and elaborate on six main issues that are relevant to and have implications for research: (a) sensual life as integrative unit, (b) self-movement and development, (c) the nested relations between activity and living utterance, (d) signification, (e) vernacular as the origin and locus of development, and (f) unit analysis.

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