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Vygotsky Visits Calvary Seminary: Sociocultural Theory in Dialogue with Asian Theological Education.

Author: Rosalind Lim-Tan
Date: August 1st, 2012
Key Words: Knowledge mediation, seminary education, socio-cultural theory, transformative learning, Vygotsky, zone of proximal development

This chapter locates Russian social scientist Lev Se­menovich Vygotsky’s (1896-1934) sociocultural approach to education to Asian seminary training. Like secular academic institutions, Christian seminaries need to strive for academic excellence. However, seminaries are also places for character formation, where demonstration of appropriate attitudes and behaviour may be prerequisites for students to graduate. How can seminaries teach for knowledge gain and concurrently support attitudinal and behavioural formation? Vygotsky proposed an answer that lies in the way seminaries perceive their students, the teaching methodologies they adopt, and the nature of the learning environment. This article suggests the interplay between Vygotsky’s theory and Asian theological seminary processes.

From Tending the Seedbeds: Educational Perspectives on Theological Education in Asia (pp. 145-166). (Editor: Allan Harkness; Manila: Asia Theological Association; 2010.) Permission to upload this chapter onto this site has been granted by the Asia Theological Association. Printed copies of the book can be purchased from the Asia Theological Association (Email: ataasia@gmail.com; Website: www.ataasia.com).




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