About this Blog

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About Me

My name is Konrad Glogowski and I am the voice behind the blog of proximal development. I hold a PhD degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. My doctoral research focused on the use of blogging communities in education. My principal research interests lie in the field of middle school and adolescent literacy, teacher development, practitioner inquiry, communities of practice, and safe and inclusive spaces for teaching and learning.

About This Blog

This blog takes its title from the concept developed by Lev Vygotsky. The Zone of Proximal Development, as defined by Vygotsky, is

the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance or in collaboration with more capable peers.

The Zone of Proximal Development refers to those skills that are in the process of maturation. Vygotsky refers to these potentialities as “buds” of development.

This blog began as an attempt to document my doctoral research and has gradually transformed into a place where I reflect on issues surrounding adolescent literacy, the use of technology in education, teacher development, and safe and inclusive spaces for teaching and learning.

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