Sociocultural Theory and Learning Processes

Center for the Study on Teaching and Policy. (2007, January). Using sociocultural theory to link individual and organizational learning processes: The case of Highline School District's instructional improvement reform: An occasional report. Washington: Chrysan Gallucci.

  • "Technical-rational explanations of organizational learning overlook human complexities and cultural resistance to change (p. 6)."
  • Cycle: Appropriation (Collective), Transformation (Private), Publication (Individual), Conventualization (Public). This cycle repeats itself in socio-cultural learning. It helps to explain how collective events result in organizational learning. The author refers to this cycle as the Vygotsky Space.
  • Organizations are complex spaces and cannot be explained through individual theories of learning. Those theories neglect the negotiation that occurs in complex organizations.