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Re: [xmca] AERA Updates

Hi to all!! 

Sorry not to play with you all. Maybe next year.


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On Apr 18, 2012, at 7:46 PM, "Duvall, Emily" <emily@uidaho.edu> wrote:

> Thanks, Larry  - it was great to meet and put a face to a name! I'm digging through all the email now and, briefly, I just wanted to call attention to play as in the way play ' plays ' us... Gadamer talks about this in Truth and Method, noting that  when we engage in in play, play can overtake and seem to become something more that the participants. I was able to have a quick chat with Tony Perone on this after the meeting. A very fun and provocative session!
> Emily Duvall, PhD
> University of Idaho
> Sent from my iPad
> On Apr 17, 2012, at 7:08 AM, "Larry Purss" <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Emily and all the wonderful folks that gathered together to play
>> yesterday.
>> It was a wonderful inspiring and thought provoking evening last night.
>> There is a slightly different quality  to be meeting everyone in  real
>> space/place :-}
>> I would like to share Lois' reflections that she offered last night and
>> invite other to come out and play.
>> Lois was describing her experience of attending a TED conference and her
>> impression that scientists with their *objects* seemed to be having so much
>> more fun with their FORM of play and she invited us to reflect on why this
>> was so?  She also expressed a hope that we could learn to play like the
>> scientists who were obviously having such fun.
>> This offering of Lois to us went with a reflection that play extended
>> beyond epistemology and was an ontological expression of being/becoming.
>> [Lois, as I write I'm questioning if I should be addressing you personally
>> or addressing *us* ]
>> This question of who to address leads me  to further reflections on the
>> interplay of play and form.  Merleau-Ponty wrote,
>> "It is certainly right to condemn formalism, but it is usually forgotten
>> that its error is not that it esteems form too much, but that it esteems it
>> so little that it DETACHES it from MEANING"
>> I want to reply to Lois question with my reflections on the various forms
>> of play discussed yesterday. There was the experiential play where we
>> improvised and held each others hands [left hand connecting, then right
>> hand connecting, then releasing left hand to connect to a third person,
>> then releasing right hand to connect to a forth person *in* a flow-form
>> structure of improvisation.
>> Another form of pretend play was described that may  extend over 3 days in
>> the kindergarten class and persons occupy and maintain their pretend roles
>> over this time scale. This is clearly a *type* of play but there is no
>> laughter and the children stay *in* form.
>> We also explored the *form* of play called science where *form* facilitates
>> the formation of *traditions* that extend over expanses of sociohistorical
>> time.  Lois impression of this *form* of lay seems to generate so much fun.
>> Vygotsky suggests this form of play leads to higher mental functions.
>> My question, to extend THIS *form* of play, [play as conversation] is to
>> ask the rhetorical question,
>> Do each of us have preferred *forms* of play, from improvisations [
>> immediate temporal flow-form ], through imaginal dramatic play, and
>> extending to more rule BOUND temporal formations [traditions]. Are each of
>> us prejudiced to privilege as deeply meaningful different forms of PLAY?
>> Also do persons privilege different yearnings [passions] for more or less
>> porous and permeable flow forms  between  various *types* of  formations
>> [noun]  *formings* verb.
>> PLAY seems to be a concept with depths of *overflowing* meaning that can be
>> *unveiled*. THIS hermeneutical *way* of understanding IS a form of play.
>> Larry
>> Larry
>> On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM, Duvall, Emily <emily@uidaho.edu> wrote:
>>> 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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