Gathering Stones: The Problems of Modern Cultural and Activity Research

Malcolm Reed

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This paper explores the verbal image of ‘gathering stones’ in order to appreciate the continuing relevance of Vygotsky to the tradition of inquiry that has been inspired by his example and his work. It considers how our tradition is built on the ancient and critical activity of problematization. The meaning and inner value of tradition is explored in relation to problems we address now and have addressed historically, in particular in relation to the problem of an ascendant version of enculturation. The argument ends with a reflection on the difficulties we still face in addressing educational needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-22
Number of pages19
JournalCultural-Historical Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date2 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Bibliographical note

Special Issue: In celebration of the 120th birthday of Lev S. Vygotsky


  • problemata
  • educational difficulty
  • ontologization
  • tradition
  • problematization

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