Taking an agentive stance towards utopian Futures

By André L. L. F. Sales, PhD  – @andreluisleite. The COVID pandemic exposed the reality and consequences of the enormous inequalities characterizing the current living standards in the world. In the field of education, the impacts were so brutal that the United Nations (UN) launched a campaign entitled “Save our Future.” In this piece, I summarize some of these harmful effects, discuss a specific understanding … Continue reading Taking an agentive stance towards utopian Futures

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”

(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)[i] Our commitment at this time of continuing struggle against oppression and structural inequalities   By Mind, Culture, and Activity Editorial Collective As we move into 2021, and are likely to confront continuing unprecedented crises, turmoil, and struggles for justice around the globe, the editors of Mind, Culture, and Activity (MCA) share the following statement.This statement is motivated by an acknowledgement of … Continue reading “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Why generations?

In this video Professor Yrjö Engeström responds to Anna Zarkh’s question on the reasons to use the term generations to approach cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The piece is an excerpt from the seminar “From CHAT to Critical CHAT,” organized by Professor Kris Gutierrez and Edward Rivero at University of California Berkeley (Spring 2020). The course was attended by roughly 50 scholars from various parts of … Continue reading Why generations?

Why this Video Series?

Ivana Guarrasi talks about the intention behind creating the Video Series as an international, cross-generational platform for discussion and conversation. Thank you to our viewers for participating in the discussions thus far. We invite you to engage or re-engage with existing videos and comment-threads on the site. Stay tuned for more! Go to our Youtube Library for longer interviews and presentations by distinguished CHAT scholars and educators. Continue reading Why this Video Series?

Spencer Turns 50: A time for reflection and recommitment

Racial inequality is perhaps the greatest risk and challenge to education, and to the future of our nation, right now. It is a time that demands our collective action in the service of equity and justice; in the service of the public and social good; and in the service of systems that honor our collective humanity. In honor of the Spencer 50th anniversary, they will … Continue reading Spencer Turns 50: A time for reflection and recommitment

PhD Course: The Implications of COVID-19 for Socially Inclusive Transformations to Sustainability

Calling all PhD students interested in inclusive and just transformations. Registrations are closing soon for this online PhD course from 7-11 Dec at the University of Oslo focusing on socially-inclusive responses to COVID-19. Co-hosted by Karen O’Brien. Deadline for applying November 16th. https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/sv/iss/SGO9206A/index.html Continue reading PhD Course: The Implications of COVID-19 for Socially Inclusive Transformations to Sustainability

An Audience Participation Question…Let’s Have Some Fun!

Writing for the general public is challenging — and rewarding. How would YOU explain Vygotsky’s theory for a general audience – e.g, parents, teachers, coaches, relatives – without sacrificing accuracy? It might be harder than it looks!   Peter Smagorinsky publishes prolifically and also contributes regular newspaper columns for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Andy Blunden translates, curates, and publishes at ethicalpolitics.org and also maintains a vibrant YouTube presence. Feel free … Continue reading An Audience Participation Question…Let’s Have Some Fun!

What Are Concepts, and How Might They Be Taught?

Important questions. Interesting answers. Excerpts from Andy Blunden, Huw Lloyd, Peter Smagorinsky, David Kellogg, and Nikolai Veresov provide a great start to a rich conversation. Sources for all clips are available here . Go to our Youtube Library for longer interviews and presentations by distinguished CHAT scholars and educators. Continue reading What Are Concepts, and How Might They Be Taught?