An enthusiastic Performing the World 2012 participant and Institute colleague, Dr. Hiroyuki Imai (professor on the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan) was eager to make a creative match: He sought to bring together Japanese educators working in the tradition of Reflective Practice with Institute and Performing the World colleagues who were advancing a Vygotskian inspired, cultural and improvisational approach to teaching and learning.
And so, he arranged with conference organizer Ken Tami for Institute faculty and teacher educator Carrie Lobman to be a keynote presenter and workshop leader at the recent Kobe City University of Foreign Studies education conference: Exploring Approaches to Capture Experience in the Classroom.
At Dr. Imai’s request, Lobman introduced her new Japanese colleagues to Newman-Holzman’s particular take on Lev Vygotksy’s tool-and-result methodology. Her keynote discussed The head taller experience of learning and development, and her practicum/workshop offered a taste of improvisation and improv games to the delight of participants.
Lobman’s visit coincides with the publication of the Japanese translation of Lois Holzman’s text, Vygotsky at Work and Play (Shin-Yo-Sha Publications), which introduces the human development projects generated over the last forty years by New York City’s development community.