About This Blog
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 development and literacy, student success, and teacher development. The 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. I believe that these "buds" are influenced by many different factors in the lives of children and young people (factors such as adult mentors, peers, physical and social environments), and this blog provides a space where I explore their role in youth development.
My name is Konrad Glogowski and I am a researcher, educator, and knowledge mobilization professional. 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 principal research interests lie in the field of adolescent development and literacy, student success, and teacher development.
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