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SYMP 100 - Communication for Co-operation: the dynamic of language, communication and cognition within collaborative activity

2.6 Dialogue and the co-construction of knowledge
Symposium (Symp)
3:50 PM, Thursday 31 Aug 2017 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Marx understood the ‘social’ to mean ‘the cooperation of several individuals, no matter under what conditions, in what manner and to what end’. However, the implications of this position for our understanding of the nature of language and its role in collaborative practices have yet to be fully explored within the CHAT tradition. The aim of the three communications in this symposium is to consider the relevance of the concept of collaboration to an analysis of the contribution of linguistic communication to the situated co-construction of knowledge. Building on Vygotsky’s treatment of language organization as a fundamental factor in collaborative-critical knowledge construction, this symposium focuses on how the processes - collaboration and co-operation – contribute, but contribute differently, to the active transformation of existing social environments, as well as to the creation of new ones. More specifically, we show that language organization is responsible for the creation of contexts for collective critical collaborative negotiation in shared knowledge production. To this end, we attempt to demonstrate the necessity of conceptual clarity on the diverse roles and implications of collaboration and cooperation since these concepts are a common focus in research on social activity, working practices, teaching and learning, social cognition and linguistic and psychological development, and are also seen as holding answers to fundamental questions about human socio-cultural and political constitution, and to critical learning and development. The symposium sets out to approach these issues from different and complementary theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
Sheffield Hallam University
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

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