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When learning proceeds in the zone of proximal development. Scaffolding involves increasing the level of difficulty/challenge across a sequence of learning events to match a students increasing ability.
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Scaffolding refers to various forms of providing learners with [[assistance]] to support them during instructional activities.  Scaffolding helps bring a student into a "zone of proximal development" (Vygotsky, 1978) where they can perform successfully with assistance what they could not without it. Scaffolding can be [[fading|faded]] by decreasing the level of assistance (or by increasing the level of difficulty/challenge) across a sequence of [[learning events]].  Adapting this fading to match a student's increasing ability is a variation of [[optimized scheduling|optimal scheduling]].
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* Vygotsky, L. S. (1978).  Mind in society.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
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Revision as of 18:39, 19 April 2007

Scaffolding refers to various forms of providing learners with assistance to support them during instructional activities. Scaffolding helps bring a student into a "zone of proximal development" (Vygotsky, 1978) where they can perform successfully with assistance what they could not without it. Scaffolding can be faded by decreasing the level of assistance (or by increasing the level of difficulty/challenge) across a sequence of learning events. Adapting this fading to match a student's increasing ability is a variation of optimal scheduling.

  • Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.