Meetings & Other Events
Meetings & Other Events
SIG 30 and 2012 Annual Meeting

Events of interest to Cultural-Historical Resarch SIG members

Below, you will find a list and description of sessions of potential interest to members of this SIG. These sessions include those sponsored by the CH-R SIG and events which SIG members, as participants in the sessions, have flagged as potentially relevant to SIG interests

Sessions sponsored by the Cultural Historical Research SIG

1. A Cultural Historical Exploration of Current Practices in Teacher Development (paper session)

Time: Sun, Apr 28—10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Place: Hilton Union Square, Fourth Level—Tower 3 Union Square 15 & 16

Session Participants:

  • Becoming “Urban”: A Cultural Historical Examination of a College of Education—Lara Willox (The University of West Georgia)
  • Beginning Teacher Professional Learning and Production of Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Cultural-Historical Perspective—Victor Diaz (Arizona State University)
  • Building Common Knowledge: Role in Teacher Development—Prabhat Chandra Rai (University of Oxford)
  • Professional Development as Partnership: Understanding the Development of a Professional Learning Community—Shawn M. Rowe (Oregon State University - Oregon Sea Grant), Susan O'Brien (Oregon State University), Michelle Anne Mileham (Oregon State University)
  • Teachers’ Narratives of Cultural-Constructivism as Identity and Classroom Practice—Artin Goncu (University of Illinois at Chicago), Catherine Main (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Chair: Lisa D. Hobson (Prairie View A&M University)
  • Discussant: Carrie L. Lobman (Rutgers University)

Abstract: Teacher Development is recognized as a critical issue in the continued efforts to reform and improve educational systems. This set of papers will present research into current practices and understandings of teacher education and professional development from a cultural-historical perspective.

2. Children, Youth, and Young Adults: Inquiries into Agency, Identity, and Capacity in Varied Context (roundtable session)

Time: Tues, Apr. 30, 12:10 p.m.-1:40 p.m.

Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level-Hilton Union Square, Sixth Level – Tower 3 Mason

Session Participants:

  • Disruptive Dynamics of Students’ Interpretation of a Learning Task: An Activity-Theoretical Analysis—Antti Juhani Rajala (University of Helsinki / Department of Teacher Education), Annalisa Sannino (University of Helsinki)
  • Overcoming Poverty in Community College: Undergraduate Research as Intervention and Investigation—Lara M. Beaty (LaGuardia Community College - CUNY)
  • Sense of Agency and Everyday Life: Children's Perspective—Jaakko Hilppö (University of Helsinki), Lasse Lipponen (University of Helsinki), Kristiina P. Kumpulainen (University of Helsinki), Marika Virlander (University of Helsinki)
  • Urban Youth’s Context-Dependent Experiences of the Most Salient Aspects of Their Lives—Svetlana Jovic (The Graduate Center - CUNY)
  • Chair: Renira Elyodi Vellos (The University of British Columbia)

Abstract: This roundtable will explore some of the very varied contexts in which children, youth, and young adults live their lives and, from different perspectives, each paper will inquire into how young people are able to find opportunities for development. 

3. Constructing a Community of Thought: Letters on the Scholarship, Teaching, and Mentoring of Vera John-Steiner (symposium)

Time: Sun, Apr 28 - 4:05pm - 5:35pm

Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Continental 9


  • Building Bridges: The Contribution of Dr. Vera John-Steiner’s Work—M. Cathrene Connery (Ithaca College)
  • Creativity in All of Us: A Dialogue With Vera John-Steiner—Anna Stetsenko (City University of New York)
  • Dignified Interdependence—Patricia A. St. John (Teachers College, Columbia University)
  • Vera and the Gift of Confidence—Holbrook Mahn (University of New Mexico)
  • Tapestry: Interwoven Minds, Emerging Meanings—Seana Moran (Stanford University)
  • Finding Myself in Vera and Finding Vera in Me—Linney Wix (University of New Mexico)
  • Chair: M. Cathrene Connery (Ithaca College)
  • Chair: Robert Lewis Lake (Georgia Southern University)
  • Discussant: Vera John-Steiner (University of New Mexico)
  • Discussant: Henry Shonerd (University of New Mexico)

Abstract: This symposium will present a multifaceted, polyphonic (Bakhtin, 1984, p. 69) dialogic and personal portrait of the life and scholarship of Vera John-Steiner through first-hand biographical narratives and interpretative reflection on Vera’s work, with a view toward critiquing and expanding the central themes of her work to the present and future. This will be accomplished through the discourses expressed in the reading and discussion of the content of personal letters (Nieto, 2010) followed by dialogue from the discussants and those in attendance.

4. Cultural Historical Research SIG Business Meeting

Time: Tue, Apr 30 - 7:15pm - 8:45pm

Place: Westin St. Francis, Second Level - Elizabethan B 

5. Getting Past Labels: Explorations Beyond a Diagnosis of Disability (roundtable session)

Time: Wed, May 1 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm

Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Imperial Ballroom A


  • Challenging Discourses of "Disabled" Learner Identities: Making Meaning of ADHD/ADD in a Community College at the Intersection of Gender, Class, and Race—Naja Berg Hougaard (The Graduate Center - CUNY)
  • “He’s Different, but I Still Love My Brother”: Sibling Perceptions of Autism Spectrum Disorder—Amy M. Papacek (Arizona State University)
  • “I Don’t Need No Help”: Creating a Developmental, Performance-Based Early Childhood Special Education Pedagogy—Barbara E. O Neill (Brooklyn College - CUNY)
  • Chair: Emily Duvall (University of Idaho)

6. Grappling With Traditional and 21st-Century Cultural Tools: A Latino(a) Perspective (roundtable session)

Time: Mon, Apr 29 - 8:15am - 9:45am

Place: Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level - Imperial Ballroom B


  • Hybrid Zones of Participation: Appropriating the Social Affordances of the Digital in Academic Spaces—Lisa Hope Schwartz (University of Colorado, Boulder)
  • Language and Emotion: Stories of Immigrant Mothers Retold by Their American Children—Ana C. Iddings (The University of Arizona), Alzira Dos Santos (The University of Arizona)
  • The Life-Span Imaginative Play of Adults of Mexican Origin—Tony T. Perone (University of Illinois at Chicago), Artin Goncu (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • The NiNi Status in Mexico City: A Cultural and Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) Case Study—Armando Justo (The George Washington University)
  • Chair: Amy Luree Dexter Roberts (Roosevelt University)

7. Methodological Implications of Cultural-Historical and Activity Theory: Filling the Gaps to Advance Research With a Social Equity Agenda (symposium)

Time: Wed, May 1 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Place: Hilton Union Square, Fourth Level - Tower 3 Union Square 15 and 16


  • The Methodology of Research as a Collaborative Activist Transformation With a Social Agenda—Anna Stetsenko (City University of New York)
  • Locating Cultural-Historical Research: Methodology as a Practice of Critical Ethics—Jennifer A. Vadeboncoeur (The University of British Columbia)
  • The Change Laboratory as Method of Design-Based Research—William R. Penuel (University of Colorado)
  • Unit of Analysis in Cultural Historical Activity Theoretical Expansive Learning Research—Lisa C. Yamagata-Lynch (The University of Tennessee - Knoxville)
  • Studying the Organizing of Consequential Learning Across Time and Space—Kevin O'Connor (University of Colorado - Boulder), A. Susan Jurow (University of Colorado - Boulder), Molly Victoria Shea (University of Colorado - Boulder)
  • Chair: Lisa C. Yamagata-Lynch (The University of Tennessee - Knoxville)
  • Chair: Anna Stetsenko (City University of New York)
  • Discussant: Eduardo V. Vianna (LaGuardia Community College - CUNY)

Abstract: This symposium takes seriously the theme of this year’s AERA conference that is embedded within a larger social justice project committed to the reduction of inequality on the basis of social stratification (Vygotsky, 1997). In particular, we address the lack of clear, agreed-upon, trustworthy methodologies and make suggestions that may ensure that investigations from cultural-historical and activity theoretical perspectives will result in viable and valuable insights for transformative practices. Our goal is to help scholars establish standards, guidelines, and principles to generate, interpret, share, and learn from one another’s work, as well as to ensure that the research that is conducted contributes to the families, schools, and communities with whom we work aligned with a social equity agenda.        

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