Japanese colleagues try out performance of revolutionary conversationalists


Thirteen educators, psychologists, researchers and graduate students from universities across Japan recently completed a two-month online seminar with Lois Holzman, in which they pursued the study of performatory, developmental methodology and its Vygotskian roots. Entitled, Social Therapeutics: Breaking Through Alienation and Reinitiating Development, the course built upon topics brought up during Holzman’s teaching and lecture tour in Japan in 2012,  organized by Professor Yuji Moro of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Tsukuba.  

Says Holzman:

Nearly all the participants were new to online study and to a conversational, as opposed to didactic, style of learning. This, plus the difficulty, for many, of writing in English, proved very challenging! Everyone, including me, had to perform a head taller—and it was worth it. The professors and students alike brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and curiosity to the course.

Professor Moro, a developmental psychologist (and kindred spirit), who has studied “Newman and Holzman’s  Vygotsky” since publication of Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist (1993), is currently writing a book on the All Stars Project and East Side Institute. Holzman will be back in Japan in 2014, as keynote speaker at the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology conference.


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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