Towards an Experimental Verification of Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development: A Docimological Approach
Education Journal
Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages: 47-50
Received: Dec. 19, 2016; Accepted: Jan. 10, 2017; Published: Feb. 21, 2017
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Conrado Ruiz-Hernández, Unit of Interdisciplinary Research of Health and Education Sciences, FES-Iztacala, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-Iztacala), Tlalnepantla, Mexico
Alma Delia Lupercio Lozano, Unit of Interdisciplinary Research of Health and Education Sciences, FES-Iztacala, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-Iztacala), Tlalnepantla, Mexico
Thalía Ameyatzin Bernal González, Unit of Interdisciplinary Research of Health and Education Sciences, FES-Iztacala, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-Iztacala), Tlalnepantla, Mexico
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Abstract
We describe a group session specifically designed to experimentally verify the existence of a concept that is frequently used within the constructivist framework. This exercise involved a group of students n = 40. A randomly chosen half of the entire group responded to a questionnaire on arithmetical topics. This 'test' did not provide the respondents with any clue or help. The other half were asked to solve the same problem, but with the assistance of an informative heading printed on the question paper. In the subgroup that did receive help, a 'Zone of Proximal Development' process was observed in ten cases - i.e., an assisted learning process where the respondents took advantage of the problem-solving help.
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Zone of Proximal Development, Transfer of Knowledge, Problem Solving and Learning
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Conrado Ruiz-Hernández, Alma Delia Lupercio Lozano, Thalía Ameyatzin Bernal González, Towards an Experimental Verification of Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development: A Docimological Approach, Education Journal. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2017, pp. 47-50. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20170601.16
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