Distinguished Prof of Communication, Psychology & Human Development, Emeritus
Director of LCHC, Emeritus
University of California, San Diego
Cole’s work focuses on the elaboration of a mediational theory of mind. He has conducted cross-cultural research on cognitive development, especially as it relates to the role of literacy and schooling. His recent research has been devoted to a longitudinal study of individual and organizational change within educational activities specially designed for afterschool hours. These systems link universities and local communities and allow a study of the dynamics of appropriation and use of new technologies and cultural-historical approaches to human development. According to Cole’s methodology, mind is created and must be studied in communication.
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Selected Awards and Honors
- 2010 American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Application of Psychological Research to Education
- 2009 Marquis Who’s Who in America- 2010 Edition
- 2009 Sylvia Scribner Award for Excellence in Educational Research. American Educational Research Association
- 2008 Elected Member, National Academy of Education, Russia
- 2006-07 Robert J. Glushko Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Cognitive Science
- 2006 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.
- 2006 American Educational Research Association Life Time Contribution Award
- 2004 Honorary Doctorate, University of Padova
- 2000 Honorary Doctorate, University of Helsinki
- 2000 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Warren College, UCSD
- 1996 Honorary Doctorate, Copenhagen University
- 1995-98 Senior Fellow, The Spencer Foundation
- 1988 Recipient, Distinguished Contributions to Research and Development in Education, American Educational Research Association
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