What would be the role of values in CHAT

From: Carol Macdonald (macdonaldc@educ.wits.ac.za)
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 08:59:13 PDT

I have a student doing a study of a really dynamic Catholic school. It is
multi-cultural, and has students from different religious backgrounds. In
accordance with our Outcome-Based curriculum, values play an important part
on the curriculum, and this schools puts them central in the curriculum,
with issues such as tolerance being a whole-school theme for a fortnight,
for example, not just learning about, but acting with. The student is
well-versed in philosophy and much else, including Marx., and is getting on
board with CHAT. We are trying to do an orthodox Activity Theory of a Grade
5 and Grade 6 class: the student has about 1,000 pages of ethnographic notes
(boy, is he diligent). The question is—having thought carefully through the
main ideas of Activity Theory, there doesn’t seem to be a place of values as
such. Can they be added without violating the axioms of the theory? If
they can’t, then I am going to get him to write up the study as symbolic
anthropology, or an interpretive study using Mike’s (1996) model with

Can anyone give me any pointers? Any flyers?

Thanks very much

-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Macdonald [mailto:macdonaldc@educ.wits.ac.za]
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 5:57 AM
To: xmca@weber.ucsd.edu
Subject: RE: xmca poster session in Seville 2005

I would be delighted to participate in a poster session. Would it have to
concern our particular discussions over the past year? Otherwise there are
some very, very worthwhile themes under Section A. XMCA has been the
greatest source of my professional development in the past year (I live in
South Africa, in lonely isolation), and would love to give something back to
the group.

If its not on the discussions per se, then I might try one of the following
(and also co-present a poster with a student:

* Methodological challenges in cultural and social research
* Theoretical and methodological problems in Activity Theory
* Qualitative research and social practice
* Problems of the unit of analysis

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Gabosch [mailto:bebop101@comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 9:18 PM
To: xmca@weber.ucsd.edu
Subject: xmca poster session in Seville 2005


Mike Cole and I in an off-list discussion came up with the idea of
presenting a poster session on the xmca discussion list at the ISCAR
Congress in Seville, Spain, September 20-24, 2005. A specific motivation
for doing this is that Mike is planning to launch another internet xmca
course on CHAT that fall, and a poster session might help encourage students
and scholars around the world to participate.

The information below is from http://www.us.es/glabahum/ISCAR2005/ , which
now has up to date information about the congress (check it out).

Anyone interested in commenting, sharing ideas, helping, writing, etc. in
creating a proposal for an xmca poster session, participating in it at the
congress, etc. please contact Mike, me, or post your thoughts here on the
discussion list. What should this poster presentation look like? What
should it emphasize? Should all the posters be made in equilateral
triangles? [Just kidding :-)) ]

- Steve

Call for proposals

The program committee invites researches to send proposals that correspond
to one of the congress themes.

A proposal can be submitted for:
* a paper that corresponds to one of the congress themes or subthemes.
* a poster that corresponds to one of the (sub) themes of the congress.
* a symposium that corresponds to one of the (sub) themes of the congress.

All papers will be organised in symposium sessions.

A symposium is allotted one hour and a half or two hours and contains 3 or 4
paper presentations followed by 45 minutes of plenary discussion. The
organisers strongly encourage participants to propose new and interactive
symposium formats: in addition to the regular paper symposium, one could
also think about organising a poster symposium, an interactive symposium
(papers have to be distributed and studied before participation), a
point-counterpoint symposium (two radically opposite papers are presented
and discussed). The program will promote regional meetings for different
ISCAR sections.


All paper proposals must include: 1) title of paper, 2) author´s name, 3)
mailing address, 4) e-mail address, 5) a 400-500 word summary (max), 6) a
reference to one of the congress themes/topics.

All symposium proposals must include: 1) title of symposium, and a
indication of the format chosen 2) title of papers, 3) name and address
information (mail addresses and e-mail) of organisers and participants, 4) a
400-500 word summary (max) of each paper, and 5) a 250 word description
(max) of the theme of the symposium clarifying the relation of the symposium
to the congress theme or to one of its subthemes.

All singular poster proposals must include: 1) title of poster, 2) author´s
name, 3) mailing address, 4) e-mail address, 5) a 400-500 word summary
* Proposals must be submitted by e-mail and sent to: iscar2005@iscar.org


The discussions of the congress will be thematically related as much as
possible. Below you have a list of main issues that may be discussed during
the congress. Participants should focus theirs presentations on one of these

THEME A.- Theoretical and Methodological Issues

* New trends in Cultural-Historical theory and research
* Cognition in social practices
* Diversity and heterogeneity of mind
* Emotion and subjectivity in culture
* Self, identity, and culture
* Semiotic mediation and meaning construction
* Narrative construction of self.
* Methodological challenges in cultural and social research
* Theoretical and methodological problems in Activity Theory
* Qualitative research and social practice
* Problems of the unit of analysis

THEME B.- Acting in changing worlds
* Socialization, interaction, and human development
* Ways of discourse, modes of thinking and forms of participation
* Learning and knowledge construction in social practice
* School practices, interaction, and discourse
* Argumentation, negotiation, and intercultural communication
* Literacy in changing worlds
* Citizenship in changing world
* Doing gender in changing world
* Life long learning in changing worlds.
* New technologies, communication, and identity
* Working place and new technologies
* New ways of teaching-learning and technology
* Sociocultural approaches to therapy practices.
* Intervention programs in institutions (design and assessment).


For symposium, paper and poster proposals: 10 January, 2005

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 March, 2005

Final digital versions of summaries: 7 April, 2005

Deadline for early registration: 15 May 2005

Final day for cancellation with refund (minus handling charges for both
registration and hotel reservation): 15 July, 2005

Conference days: 20-24 September, 2005.


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