Vygotskians CHAT @ AERA Professional Development Course


Institute director of pedagogy and Rutgers University faculty Carrie Lobman co-led a professional development and training course entitled, Cultural Historical Activity Theory Methodologies in the 21st Century: The Intersections of Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco. Lobman is co-Program Chair of AERA’s Cultural Historical Research Special Interest Group.

The course drew 55 university professors and graduate students who had the opportunity to work in small groups with eight faculty, whose work represented the diversity of theories and practical approaches that have emerged out of the study of Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky and his colleagues.  Lobman and Institute director Lois Holzman were among the presenting faculty, along with Tatiana AkhutinaElena Bodrova, Michael Cole, Emily Duvall, Natalia Gajdamaschko and  Jim Martinez.


Michael Cole, Prof. of Communication and Psychology and Director, Laboratory for Comparative Human Development, UC San Diego; and Tatiana Akhutina, Prof. and Director, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ.

A highlight of the course was a tag-team presentation by Cole, Holzman, and Akhutina addressing how Cultural Historical Activity Theory continues to be a living/growing methodology and its relevance to critical issues facing education today–including poverty and development.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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