RE: [xmca] Re: AERA Kudos

From: Jay Lemke <jaylemke who-is-at>
Date: Sun Apr 15 2007 - 08:59:56 PDT

Mike and all,

I also thought that the two CHAT SIG sessions I participated in were
very stimulating and well organized ... thanks to Ana and to Elina!

In both there was discussion of the role of affect and
personal-interpersonal dimensions of learning, and of research. I am
particularly interested these days in bridging the phenomenology of
direct or first-person experiencing with the semiotic (3rd person)
analysis of how we engage with learning environments (which means
really ALL environments!) across different timescales.

There was also interesting discussion of the use of various
qualitative research methods within a CHAT framework, and of CHAT
itself as paradigm (including values), conceptual framework, specific
theory, and research methodology. It seemed clear that various
researchers adopt CHAT at different levels, from a life commitment to
a technique of identifying useful units of analysis, and that working
with it at one of these levels does not necessarily imply the others.

In the Friday session we had a particularly fascinating and personal
account by Galina Zukerman of a 10-year longitudinal study that made
connections between the democratic vs. elitist effects of education
and the structure of classroom organization and student initiatives.
And many other very good papers for which I was happy to be the
discussant ... though there was far too much to do justice to in my
short time for comments. A very active discussion followed, well past
the end of the session time.

If I get some time, maybe not for a while yet, I will try to post
some more notes.

And the Damasio and other MB&E articles do look interesting in this
connection, too.


At 08:33 AM 4/15/2007, you wrote:
>I read the article by Damasio and colleague that Gordon recommended, and
>found it tremendously relevant to a study I'm currently working on with
>doctoral student Elizabeth Daigle. It's a protocol analysis of a high school
>senior who's writing an interpretive paper on Shakespeare's Much Ado about
>Nothing. What's so interesting is that she (the student) really struggles to
>interpret the play, but has an emotional disposition that she can produce an
>acceptable paper, and a set of writing strategies that, coupled with her
>positive affect toward school, enables her to produce one. The MBE paper has
>been very helpful to us in establishing what's often missing from
>discussions about learning strategies, which is a student's emotional
>orientation toward the general prospect of succeeding in a school task.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: [] On
>Behalf Of Mike Cole
>Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 9:14 PM
>To: Cathrene Connery
>Cc: Culture Activity eXtended Mind
>Subject: [xmca] Re: AERA Kudos
>Sounds great, Cathrene.
> >From all those who made it to AERA, what new ideas and inspirations did
> >you
>get that we might want to discuss?
>I just downloaded the entire issue of Mind, Brain, & Education that Gordon
>tipped us to. This movement is really interesting in many ways. Has anyone
>read any of the articles yet?
>On 4/14/07, Cathrene Connery <> wrote:
> >
> > Dear Colleagues:
> > Much thanks to Ana and all the panelists and presenters at AERA. Both
> > the CHAT symposium, presentations, and business meeting were
> > outstanding venues to explore new ideas, receive support from esteemed
> > mentors, and validate our common efforts. The nurturing that was
> > exhibited toward myself and other novice researchers was especially
> >
> > I once read Luria commented that Vygotsky was not only a genius, but
> > one of the most positive, interpersonal individuals he had ever met.
> > How refreshing that his legacy continues today. My experience has been
> > that such support and dialogue is devoid from the vast majority of
> > academic circles. Thanks again to all who shared their talent,
> > expertise, and commitment to each other and the field as a whole.
> > Cathrene
> >
> > M. Cathrene Connery, Ph.D.
> > Assistant Professor of Bilingual & TESL Education Co-coordinator,
> > Bilingual / TESL Program Central Washington University
> >
> >
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Jay Lemke
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