Examining the zone of proximal development in learning and development for climate mitigation

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Journal Article
Mind, Culture, and Activity: an international journal, 2021, pp. 1-19
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This paper investigates a horticultural community's approaches to developing new farming practices to mitigate climate change induced food insecurity. Drawing on the concept of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) from cultural-historical activity theory, the paper illustrates how the strong cultural and historical attachment to existing practices plays as significant a role as the intractitability and unpredictability of the changing rainfalls in mediating community members' investment in new practices. The study suggests what is perceived as 'safe', materially and socially, is playing a central role in setting the boundary of their ZPD.
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