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[xmca] AERA Updates

A very exciting session this afternoon!
From an organizational perspective, we were able to have our last minute discussant volunteer Skype in and give riveting commentary on three very different papers. Thank you so much, Mike Cole, for taking on the role of discussant in the CHR SIG session, Perceiving Affordances in Activity Systems. And thank you to my very talented graduate student, Monica Hansen, for facilitating the technology and Jennifer Vadeboncoeur for bringing her speakers! Tony Perone, the chair of the session, and I - as well as others - really see this as a beginning point for the use of technology in order to bring AERA and our larger community together in the future. 
Meanwhile, Monica will be working on videotaping the business meeting and we'll see what we can put together for you all.
Back to the session, from a spectator perspective, it was quite exciting to listen to three fairly diverse papers:
- activity settings as contexts for motivation: revealing goal structures as dilemmas within and between activities by Seaman, Rheingold, & Middleton
- replacing the US -Dakota war hanging monument: a study in red pedagogy by Lybeck
- triadic zones of proximal development in the perpetuation of advantage: schooling the social classes by PAnofsky & Vadeboncoeur

And then have Mike really dive into the works from a variety of perspectives. Generously examining  each through the theoretical frames, the content of the studies (I, too, wondered what happened to Michael in the first paper!), and offering clear suggestions for future work was a real joy and a privilege to listen to. 

One thing I would have liked to talk about, once I found my voice about 30 minutes later, was mediation. I would have liked to examine the studies through form and function of mediation.

Great session all - thank you!
And don't forget to register as a reviewer and begin to prepare you sub issuing for 2013 in San Fran.

Emily Duvall, PhD
CHR SIG Co - Program Chair
University of Idaho
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