My motivations for participating in the ISCAR SU 2011 are related to my interests in the cultural-historical psychology, that is the theoretical and epistemological background of my research projects. I would like to compare my analysis and results with participants and researchers of the Summer School in order to eventually improve and link them to an international research perspective. Specifically, my research issues related to the Summer school’s topics are: a) the relation between adult students’ participation in learning activities and the development of the Self and Zone of Proximal Development; b) the dialogical nature of developmental processes; c) the role of the subject in cultural activities; d) the role of technologies as cultural artifacts in learning activities; e) the efficacy of blended learning contexts for supporting Self-development and ZPD’s building processes. Furthermore, I find that the relation between Self and ZPD is not deeply explored in literature as well as the developmental processes in adults. It could be interesting to discuss about these issues in relation with the cultural influences. In addition, I am collaborating with the LCHC (Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition – San Diego, CA) in some researches related to the role of the Menippean dialogue in blended learning contexts.
Fedela Feldia Loperfido, Italy Константин Рыженков