Dialogic foundations of CSCL

  • Gerry Stahl
  • Ulrike Cress
  • Sten Ludvigsen
  • Nancy Law

The dialogical perspective provides an important theoretical framework for CSCL. The strain of this approach most influential in CSCL arose in the throes of the Russian revolution. In the social and intellectual ferment of revolutionary Russia—during the decades preceding and following 1917—groups turned to the theories of Marx (1867/1976) not only to leave behind feudal relationships, but also to leap over the capitalist stage of economic development. While the official soviet philosophy developed a dogmatic version of Marxism-Leninism and even Stalinism, theoreticians like Vygotsky (1930/1978) and Bakhtin (1986) remained true to the social impetus of Marx’ thought. They provided social, developmental, dialectical approaches to psychology (Vygotsky 1934/1986) and linguistics (Voloshinov 1973) that complemented Marx’ revolutionary philosophy, history, economics and politics. In particular, these two authors—and the circles of researchers around them—pioneered dialogical outlooks that...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerry Stahl
    • 1
  • Ulrike Cress
    • 2
  • Sten Ludvigsen
    • 3
  • Nancy Law
    • 4
  1. 1.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Knowledge Construction LabKMRC—Knowledge Media Research CenterTuebingenGermany
  3. 3.Medical InformaticsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  4. 4.University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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