Michael Cole

Distinguished Prof of Communication, Psychology & Human Development, Emeritus
Director of LCHC, Emeritus
University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego Bio
UCSD Division of Social Sciences Bio

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.

Cole in Moscow, 1962

Cole in Moscow, 1962

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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
Cole and Scribner in Liberia.

Cole and Scribner in Liberia.

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