Just a brief on the New Orleans Conference.....
Good News, Ann Brwon & J. Camopione received the Sylvia Scribner Award..
Vygotky's grandaughter and her son Lev Jr. presented in the Monday Night
meeting and were well received by a rather small group gathered that first
night of the conference. It was hard to hear given a live Cajun band next
door and the strong accent etc.. but it seemed that their reconstruction of
LSV and practices were familiar.
King Beach was elected as President, Eugene Matusov and I will do the
program but as Program Officer elect, he'll do it alone the following year.
Jennifer Vadeboncoeur announced the end of her role as treasurer since AERA
want us to send them the money for the SIG directly, so hopefully she will
remain as the CHAT SIG's public Relations Officer and Membership director.
Luis Moll will officially relinquish his presidency in Seattle next year
where AERA will be situated...
We need help on the newsletter for Eugene. Along with Luis, we discussed
using our CHAT SIG website to include paper presentations from Montreal
last year, Hominis 99 and this year's AERA program, we even toyed with the
idea of an electronic journal and a separate location for other conference
proceedings to archive our activity....(need help for that to happen..)
We had an interesting session on identity with King Beach, Seth Chaklin and
Marianne Hedeegard where different takes on this topics were shared...
Also put a mentoring plan into practice that Wednesday for Division C
(Learning & Instruction) types that Wednesday.
I also attended Gordon Well's session on Living & learning in this XXIst
Century and we had 3 working groups which were then integrated at the end
with vigorous discussions from the panel (Anna Stesenko, Yuri Engesrom,
G. Hatano, Roland Tharp, Jay Lemke and other big names hosted by Esteban
Diaz, Chair...) This was one of the best sessions that week. Roland had
other sessions where his new book "Teaching transformed" was introduced and
Others will have to describe the Activity Theory session with Bill Barowy
which i did not attend..
Other than that, we had a great session on Latino youth on Friday pm which
unfortunately was poorly attended.
I heard that was the case also for some of the roundtables...not others.
ISCRAT was announced for June 2002. in Amsterdam
New orleans is always fun, we had to cut through Harrah's Casino to get
back to our hotel everyday and i am happy to report that when I succombed
to 10 minutes of blackjack, I took them for $25.00 which went toward my
only fine dining experience that week.
Hope others can add more to this report
Pedro R. Portes, Ph.D
Professor of Educational
& Counseling Psychology
(502 852-0630/ fax 0629)
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