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Dynamic Systems Theory and Sociocultural Theory: Some Connections and Distinctions

Issue: Vol 3 No. 1 (2016)

Journal: Language and Sociocultural Theory

Subject Areas: Writing and Composition Linguistics

DOI: 10.1558/lst.v3i1.30476


Both Dynamic Systems Theory and Sociocultural Theory consider second language development to be complex and dynamic, taking place through change across time. However, each has a different theoretical/methodological perspective, the former focusing on this process primarily as interconnected self-organizing systems and the latter as tied to the psychological development of consciousness as derived through experience across cultural historical contexts of activity. Nonetheless, there are shared elements that deserve recognition and consideration, particularly as regards future research.

Author: Steven G. McCafferty

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