Institute director of pedagogy and Rutgers University faculty Carrie Lobman co-led a professional development and training course entitled, Cultural Historical Activity Theory Methodologies in the 21st Century: The Intersections of Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco. Lobman is co-Program Chair of AERA’s Cultural Historical Research Special Interest Group.
The course drew 55 university professors and graduate students who had the opportunity to work in small groups with eight faculty, whose work represented the diversity of theories and practical approaches that have emerged out of the study of Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky and his colleagues. Lobman and Institute director Lois Holzman were among the presenting faculty, along with Tatiana Akhutina, Elena Bodrova, Michael Cole, Emily Duvall, Natalia Gajdamaschko and Jim Martinez.
A highlight of the course was a tag-team presentation by Cole, Holzman, and Akhutina addressing how Cultural Historical Activity Theory continues to be a living/growing methodology and its relevance to critical issues facing education today–including poverty and development.