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VERA P. JOHN-STEINER
Presidential Professor
Linguistics & Educational Psychology, & Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Office: (505) 277 - 4324


E-mail: vygotsky@unm.edu
Website: www.unm.edu/~vygotsky


AREAS OF INTEREST

Cultural-Historical Theory
Cognitive Psychology
Collaboration
Cross-Cultural Education
Psychology of Women 
Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Pluralism
Bilingualism
Creativity


EDUCATION

Ph. D. in Social and Developmental Psychology
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
B.A. in Psychology
Banard College, Columbia University, New York, New York


HONORS AND AWARDS

Annual Lecturer, University of New Mexico, 1998
Annual Research Lecture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1989
Division 31, Psychology of Women

Faculty Scholar, University of New Mexico, Spring 1992
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Resident Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Spring 1990
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

William James Award, Notebooks of the Mind, August 1990
American Psychological Association, Division of General Psychology

Eminent Scholar, New Mexico State Commission on Higher Education, April 1989
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Educator’s Award, Notebooks of the Mind, 1986
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

Recipient, University of New Mexico Presidential Professorship Award, 1985 - 1990
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Recipient, University of New Mexico Outstanding Graduate Teacher, 1983
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sigma XI, 1979 - Present
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fellow, Danforth Foundation, 1976 - 1984


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Professor of Linguistics and Education, 1974 - Present
Division of Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Teacher’s College, Fall Semester 2001
Columbia University, New York, New York

Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, 1992 - 1993
CUNY Graduate School, New York, New York

Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Summer Semester, 1988
University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii

Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, Spring Semester, 1988
University of California, Berkeley, California

Director, University of New Mexico, Santa Fé Graduate Center, 1980 - 1986
University of New Mexico, Santa Fé, New Mexico

Program Chair, Language & Behavior, Department of Educational Psychology, 1964 -1972
Yeshiva University, Language & Behavior Program, Ferkauf Graduate School, New York


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Co-Investigator with Minnis, M. & Weber R., Complex Collaborations, 1995 - 1996
National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Principal Investigator, Shared & Continuing Perceptions of Collaborations, 1995
University of New Mexico, College of Education, RAC Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Principal Investigator, Collaborative Cognition: A Study of Patterns & Practices, 1994
University of New Mexico, College of Education, OFAC Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Research Consultant, Santa Fé Children’s Museum, 1993
Santa Fé Children’s Museum Board, Santa Fé, New Mexico

Faculty Research Scholar, Spring Semester, 1992
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Principal Investigator, Collaborative Strategies in Intellectual Work, 1991
University of New Mexico, Faculty Research Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Research Consultant, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 1991
Museum Board of Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

Co-Investigator with Hersh, R., A Study of Hungarian Mathematics, Summer 1988
Soros Foundation Grant, Budapest, Hungary

Principal Investigator, An Analysis of Native American Narratives, 1985 - 1986
University of New Mexico, Faculty Research Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Co-Investigator with Blackwell, P., Development of Children’s Science Concepts, 1984
University of New Mexico, Faculty Research Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Member, Research Advisory Committee, 1978 - 1982
CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri

Principal Investigator, Study of the Functions of Writing in Children, 1981 - 1982
University of New Mexico, Faculty Research Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Principal Investigator, Gender Linked University Teaching Styles, 1977 - 1979
University of New Mexico, Faculty Research Grant, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Research Consultant, ERIC Center in Urban Studies, 1972 - 1975
Teachers’s College, Columbia University, New York, New York

Research Consultant, U.S. Office of Education, Project Literacy, 1965 - 1968
Preschool and Training Programs for Teachers of Disadvantaged Students, Washington, D.C.

Senior Research Associate & Consultant, New York Medical College, 1962 - 1968
Institute for Developmental Studies, New York

Senior Research Associate, Part -time, New York Medical College, 1959 - 1962
Institute for Developmental Studies, New York

Research Consultant, New York State Department of Mental Hygiene, 1959 - 1960
Biometrics Unit, New York



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BOOKS

John-Steiner, V. (2000). Creative collaboration. New York: Oxford University Press.

John-Steiner, V. (1997). Notebooks of the mind: explorations of thinking. (Rev. ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

John-Steiner, V., Panofsky, C., & Smith, L. (Eds.) (1994). Sociocultural approaches to language & literacy: an interactionist perspective. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge University Press.

Cole, M., John-Steiner, V., Scribner, S., & Souberman, S. (Eds.). (1978). Mind in society: the development of higher psychological processes.Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

John-Steiner, V., Cazden, C., & Hymes, D. (Eds.). (1972). The functions of language in the classroom. New York: Teacher’s College Press.

John-Steiner, V. (1971). Early childhood bilingual education. New York: Modern Language Association.


BOOK REVIEWS

John-Steiner, V. (in Press, 2002). Creativity and beyond. Journal of Anthropological Research.

John-Steiner, V. & Mahn, H. (1996). Psychological uses of complexity theory. American Journal of Psychology.

John-Steiner, V. & Hersh, R. (1994). The way men think. Review of Sex Roles.


SELECTED ARTICLES, CHAPTERS & MONOGRAPHS
(Linked articles are in PDF form)

John-Steiner, V. & Mahn, H. (in Press 2002). The gift of confidence: A Vygotskian view of emotions. Learning for life in the 21rst century: Sociocultural perspectives on the future of education.

John-Steiner, V. & Mahn, H. (in Press, 2002). Sociocultural context to learning.
Comprehensive handbook of psychology, Volume VII: Educational psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

John-Steiner, V. & Moran, S. (in Press, 2002). Creativity in the making.
Creativity and Development Counterpoint Series., Oxford University Press.

John-Steiner, V., Mehan, T., & Shank, C. (in Press, 2002). Narrative co-construction of collaborative experience. Narrative Interaction. Edited by Uta Quasthoff.

John-Steiner, V. & Minnis, M. (Fall, 2001). Perspectives on activity theory.
Human Development.

John-Steiner, V. (1999). Sociocultural and feminist theory: Mutuality and relevance. In Chaiklin, S., Hedegaard, M., & Jensen, U.J. (Eds.), Activity theory and social practice: Cultural-historical approaches. (Chapter 11). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

John-Steiner, V. & Meehan, T. M. (1999). Creativity and collaboration in knowledge construction. In Lee, C.D. & Smagorinsky, P. (Eds.), Vygotskian perspectives on literacy research: constructing meaning through collaborative inquiry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

John-Steiner, V., Weber, R. J., & Minnis, M. (1998). The challenge of studying collaboration. American Educational Research Journal, 35 , (4), Winter, 773 - 784.

John-Steiner, V., Meehan, T.M., & Mahn, H. (1998). A functional systems approach to cognitive development. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 5, (2), 127 - 134.

John-Steiner, V., & Mahn, H. (1998). Introduction to special issue on concept formation. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 5, (2), 81 - 88.

John-Steiner, V., Wardekker, W. L., & Mahn, H. (Eds.) (1998). Concepts, contexts, and transformation. Special Issue Monograph inMind, Culture, and Activity Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

John-Steiner, V. & Mahn, H. (1996). Sociocultural approaches to learning and development: A Vygotskian framework. Educational Psychologist, 31, 191 - 206.

John-Steiner, V. (1996). Women’s collaborative interactions.
In Slobin, D. I., Gerhardt, J., Kyratzis, A., & Guo, J. (Eds.), Social interaction, social context, and language: Essays in honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp. (pp. 545 - 553). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

John-Steiner, V. (1995). Cognitive pluralism: A sociocultural approach.
Mind, Culture, and Activity, Winter 2, (1), 2 - 11.

John-Steiner, V., Meehan, T.M., & Kennedy, C. (1995). The implications of “First language acquisition as a guide for theories of learning and pedagogy” in a pluralistic world. Linguistics and Education, 7, 369 - 378.

Hersh, R. & John-Steiner, V. (1993). A visit to Hungarian mathematics.
The Mathematical Intelligencer,15, (2) 13 - 26.

John-Steiner, V. & Scribner, S. (1992). Rigor and creativity.
The Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition,14, (4)

Gallimore, R., John-Steiner, V., & Tharp, R.G. (1992). The developmental and socio-historical foundations of mentoring. Commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation,
Educational Research Clearinghouse Information (ERIC).

John-Steiner, V. & Panofsky, C. (1992). Narrative competence: Cross-cultural comparisons. Journal of Narrative and Life History.

John-Steiner, V. (1992). Creative lives, creative tensions.
Creativity Research Journal, 5 (1) 99 - 108.

John-Steiner, V. (1992). Afterword: Vygotskian approaches to mathematical education. Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, 15, (2 & 3), Special Issue, 108 - 112.

John-Steiner, V. (1992). Cognitive pluralism: a Whorfian analysis. In Spolsky, B. & Cooper, R. (Eds.) (1992). Festschrift in honor of Joshua Fishman’s 65th Birthday. (pp. 61 - 74). The Hague: Mouton.

John-Steiner, V. (1991). Private speech among adults.
In Berk, L. & Diaz, R. (Eds.), Private speech: From social interaction to self regulation. (pp. 545 - 553). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

John-Steiner, V. (1990). A Vygotskian perspective on verbal thinking and writing.
In Hedley, C., Houtz, J, & Baratta, A.N. (Eds.), Cognition, curriculum, and literacy. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

John-Steiner, V., Panofsky, C., & Blackwell, P. (1990). The development of scientific concepts and discourse. In Moll, L.C. (1990) (Ed.), Vygotsky and education: Instructional applications of sociohistorical psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

John-Steiner, V. (1985). The road to competence in an alien land: a Vygotskian perspective on bilingualism. In Wertsch, J. (Ed.) (1985). Culture, cognition, and communication (pp. 348 - 372). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

John-Steiner, V. & Osterreich, H. (1975). Learning styles among Pueblo children.
NIE Research Grant, Final Report, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, Department of Educational Foundations.
 

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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Guest Lecturer, “Collaborations Across Generations”, Spring, 2001
Project Zero, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
University of California, College of Education & Center for Research on Education and Work, Cognition & Development Colloquium Series, Berkeley, California

Guest Presenter, “Essential Connections: Dynamics in Collaboration”, Spring, 2001
University of Santa Barbara, College of Education, California
University of Vermont, James Marsh Lecture, Burlington, Vermont

Guest Lecturer, “Patterns of Collaboration”, Spring 2001
University of California, Santa Cruz, California
University of Chicago, Culture, Life Course & Mental Health Workshop, Illinois
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Guest Speaker, “Creative Collaboration”, Spring & Fall, 2001
Berkeley College of Education, Berkeley, California
Boston University, Human Development Colloquium, Boston, Massachusetts
City University of New York, New York
Columbia University, Teacher’s College, New York, New York
Rhode Island College
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Guest Speaker, “Creative Collaboration into Creative Expansions: What I Have Learned from Readers & Audiences”, October, 2001
New York City Public Library, New York

Guest Lecturer, “Metaphors of Collaboration”, November, 2001
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Guest Presenter, “Collaboration & Educational Partnership”, Fall, 2001
Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September & October

Featured Presenter, “ Collaborative Metaphors”, July, 2000
Bristol University, Budapest, Hungary

Presenter, “Patterns of Interdisciplinary Collaboration”, December, 1998
American Anthropological Association Conference

Presenter, “Patterns of Collaboration”, June, 1998
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Presenter, “Sociocultural and Feminist Theory: Mutuality and Relevance”, June, 1998
4th Congress of the International Society of Cultural Research and Activity Theory,
Aarhus, Denmark.

Presenter, “Ethnographic Approaches to Interdisciplinary Collaboration”, June, 1998
National Academy of Sciences, Sociology Division, Budapest, Hungary.

Presidential Scholar, “Creativity and Collaboration: A Sociocultural Approach”, April, 1998, University of New Mexico Annual Research Lecture, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Guest Lecturer, “Organizing for Research and Development in the 21rst Century”, April, 1997, National Science Foundation & U.S. Department of Energy Conference,Washington, D.C.

Presenter, “Spontaneous and Scientific Concepts”, September , 1996
2nd Conference for Sociocultural Research, Vygotsky - Piaget Centennial Conference, Geneva, Switzerland.

Co-Presenter, “Collaborators’ Joint Reconstruction of Shared Experience”, March, 1996
American Association of Applied Linguistics, Chicago, Illinois, with Meehan, T. & Kennedy, C.

Presenter, “Collaborative and Creative Constructions of Knowledge”, February, 1996
NTCE Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Discussant, Round Table, “Patterns of Collaboration”, November, 1993
Xerox Parc, Palo Alto, California

Co-Presenter, “A Visit to Hungarian Mathematics”, August, 1993
The Santa Fe Institute Colloquium Series, Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Dr. Rubin Hersh.

Presenter, “Cross-cultural Approaches to Narrative”, December, 1992
National Endowment for the Humanities Folklore Institute, Winter Conference: “Metaphorically Speaking”, New York.

Lecturer, “ Scientific Collaboration”, May, 1991
Sigma Xi, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lecturer, “Narratives in Cross-Cultural Contexts”, March, 1991
Developmental Psychology Colloquium Series, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Honored Addressee, “Stream of Creative Thinking”, August, 1990
American Psychological Association, William James Award Address.

Co-Presenter, “Cross-Cultural Studies of Narrative”, July, 1990
International Child Language Conference, Budapest, Hungary, with Panofsky, C.


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Article Reviewer
Journal of Educational Psychology
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of Applied Linguistics
Language
Mind, Culture, & Activity
Contemporary Psychology
Semiotica
Cognitive Development
Human Development

Consultant
The Ford Foundation, Public Education Division
Santa Fe Children’s Museum
Santa Fe Institute

Grant Reviewer
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Science Foundation
National Institute of Education

Member, Editorial Board
Mind, Culture, & Activity, 1995 - Present
Journal of Narrative & Life History, 1993 - 1998
Linguistics & Education, 1993 - Present

Member, Advisory Board, ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, 1976 - 1981
Educational Research Information Clearinghouse

Member, Commission on Multilingual - Multicultural Early Childhood Education, 1978
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1975 - 1978.
 


REVIEWS OF BOOKS BY OTHER AUTHORS




John-Steiner, V. (2000). Creative collaboration. New York: Oxford University Press.
 

Publisher’s Review & Ordering Information : www.oup.usa.org
Albuquerque Journal December 3, 2000
American Scientist, Magazine of Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society
Volume 89, (274)
Creativity Studies: Entwined Endeavors by Arthur Miller
www.sigmaxi.org/amsci/subject/Beh.html
www.americanscientist.org/bookshelf/Leads01/creativecollabo.html
European Cognitive Science, Volume 5, # 8, April 2001
“Trends in Cognitive Science”
The Futurist, May & June 2000
“Two or More Heads are Better Than One” by Lane Jennings
www.wfs.org/revjsteiner.htm
Library Journal, November 2000
Review by Elizabeth Goeters
www.britannica.com/magazine/article?content_id=197162&query=collaboration
Publisher’s Weekly, November 13, 2000

John-Steiner, V. (1997). Notebooks of the mind: explorations of thinking. (Rev. ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
 

Publisher’s Review & Ordering Information
www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195108965.html
1986 Educator’s Award Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
www.deltakappagamma.org/International/Committees/EdAwd2.html

Cole, M., John-Steiner, V., Scribner, S., & Souberman, S. (Eds.). (1978). Mind in society: the development of higher psychological processes.Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
www.hup.harvard.edu/reviews/VYGMIX-R
 

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