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New Learning Challenges

Activity theory is a powerful framework intended to study the social, cultural, and historical formation of human practice and development as well as an emerging multidisciplinary approach to new forms of human activity in which segregated disciplines and practices such as education, psychology, sociology, and other humanities and social sciences could be crossed over and intertwined. It offers a theoretical framework to analyze and redesign human collaborative activity from the viewpoint of a model of a collective activity system as the unit of analysis of human practice and development and an intervention methodology to facilitate and support the innovation of practitioner expansive learning processes. Expansive learning involves the creation of new concepts and new practices for emerging forms and patterns of activity systems. The Center for Human Activity Theory (CHAT) promotes activity-theoretical research projects on practitioner innovative learning and education system development in which they design and create their own lives and future in such fields of human activities as schools, sciences and technologies, arts and cultures, work and organizations, and communities in a changing modern society.

In the field of education, CHAT's research tasks are as follows:

 ○ Improving pedagogic practices in schools
 ○ Designing newly emerging activity systems in schools  ○ acilitating and developing practitioners' learning and ag
ency to change their own lives and futures in schools

The theme of the 3rd International Symposium, 'New Learning Challenges' (NLC 2006) held by the Center for Human Activity Theory (CHAT), Kansai University, is “School Reform as Learning in Japan, Finland, and United States.” It is intended as a comparative study of collaborative endeavors for school innovation among Japan, Finland, and United States. NLC 2006 will address such ‘new learning challenges' as the involvement of teachers, children, school leaders and staff, parents, and citizens in schooling so that they can learn school reform together and become collaborative change agents of their own lives and futures in schools.

PROGRAM
10:00-17:00 Saturday, December 2, 2006
The 3rd International Symposium 'New Learning Challenges' (NLC 2006)
  9:30〜   Registration
  10:00−10:10   Opening
  10:10−10:50   Lecture 1
Katsuhiro Yamazumi
(Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University, Japan)
New forms of agency in school: Toward changing school learning
  10:50−11:30   Lecture 2
Futoshi Hiruma
(Professor of Psychology and Research Fellow of the Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University, Japan)
Making collaboration in classroom and school through
“Thinking Together Programme”
  11:30−12:10   Lecture 3
Anna Pauliina Rainio (Doctoral Candidate, Assistant, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Developing narrative learning approaches in school:
The challenge of pupil agency
  12:10−13:10   ● Lunch ●
  13:10−14:30   Lecture 4
Terttu Tuomi-Grohn (Professor, Department of Home Economics and Craft Science, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Promoting learning and transfer between school and workplace
  14:30−14:40   ● Coffee Break ●
  14:40−16:00   Lecture 5
Hugh Mehan(Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center
for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence, University of California, San Diego, United States)

Reform as learning: Organizational, cultural, and political considerations
  16:00−16:10   ● Coffee Break ●
  16:10−17:00   ● Discussion ●
 


The leaflet of this symposium [PDF file]


 
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