מאמר בספר: Cognitive aspects of the transition from a traditional to a modern technological society

סוג הפרסום: מאמר בספר
פורסם ע"י: אלכס קוזולין
שנת הוצאה: 2011
שם הספר/כתב העת: Cognitive aspects of the transition from a traditional to a modern technological society
שם המאמר: Vygotsky in 21st century society: Advances in cultural historical theory and praxis with non-dominant communities
מקום ההוצאה (עיר): New York
מוציא לאור: Peter Lang
שם עורך הספר: In P.Portes & S.Salas, Eds
עמודים: 66-89

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Abstract

In this chapter I will discuss the issue of cultural transition by taking the perspective of Vygotskyan cultural-historical and sociocultural theory and using immigrants from rural Ethiopia in Israel as a case study. The chapter starts with a brief introduction to the Vygotsky and Luria (see Luria, 1976) concept of cognitive change and points out those aspects of this concept that require further elaboration and critique. An overview of the processes and circumstances of Ethiopian immigration follows and the challenges facing immigrants in modern technological society are outlined. Following this overview, three sections are dedicated to exploring the immigrants’ cognitive transition in three different contexts: First, the acquisition of initial literacy and cultural orientation during the first year in the country; second,  challenges facing minority young adults in vocational training; third,  problems associated with admission to such prestigious academic tracks as engineering.