Methodological Approaches to CHAT

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Moscow State University of Psychology and Education invites you to the 9th Meeting of the Moscow CHAT Reading Club “ReadingLive” that will take place on February 14th at 3 p.m. (Moscow time) in Zoom.

Presentation title:

Methodological Approaches to CHAT: From a positivistic tradition to SCOPES in science education

Invited experts

Katerina Plakitsi

ISCAR President, Professor of Sciences Teaching, Head of the Department of Early Childhood, President of the Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education of the University of Ioannina, Greece.

Eleni Kolokouri

Doctor, Laboratory Teaching Staff, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Athina-Christina Kornelaki

Doctor, Post Doc Researcher, Department Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Abstract. The presentation will focus on the development of SCOPES (Systems of activity, Contradictions, Outcomes, Praxis, Expansive learning, Science education) as a new methodological tool for Science Education in early childhood and primary education. From this perspective, a set of collaborative science education projects on Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) was analyzed. The key components of the collaborative projects were: a) the design and the analysis of some innovative teaching learning sequences embedded in the culture and the history of science, b) the connection of the learning tasks with the societal rules, the community of learners and the subjects, c) the object-oriented systems of activity, d) the outcome driven systems of activity, e) the actions mediated by artifacts, f) the analysis of the contradictions emerged in the activity systems and g) the formative interventions in Science Education for expansive learning. The presentation will include a review on five doctoral theses which addresses the complexity of science teaching and learning in formal and informal settings. It introduces a multi-dynamic tool for new researchers, curriculum developers and practitioners. The ultimate scope of this attempt is to foster transformative thinking and logical reasoning within a multidimensional context.

Recommended for reading:

  • K. Plakitsi. Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) framework and science education positivistic tradition. Towards a new methodology? In book: Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education, P.: 17–26

  • Kolokouri, E., Kornelaki, A.C., Plakitsi, K. (2021). Introducing a New Socio-Cultural Tool for Science Education in First Grades: Scopes. Paper presented at the ISCAR 2019: Crisis in contexts, Ioannina, Greece

Full texts of the papers will be sent to registered participants.

You are welcome to send your questions to the speakers in advance: mprclub@mgppu.ru

Project Moderators

Olga Rubtsova

PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood, MSUPE

Anna Shvedovskaya

PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Information & Publishing Projects, MSUPE

About the project:

ReadingLive” is a scientific and educational project, operated by:

Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood 

International UNESCO Chair “Cultural-Historical Psychology of Childhood 

The International Journal “Cultural-Historical Psychology” 

The University project “Vygotsky’s Library” 

The project is aimed at psychologists, educators, researchers, students and all those interested in Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach. “ReadingLive” is a special setting, where people from all over the world are invited to read and discuss both classical and contemporary works, written in the framework of the Cultural-Historical Psychology and Activity Approach.

The information about meetings and video are here.

To read on the website

Our contacts

Email: mprclub@mgppu.ru

Russian Psychological Issues: PsyJournals.ru 

Video materials of the previous meetings:

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30.09.2021. Excluded Lives: Critical lessons for future practice and policy concerning exclusion from school after Covid-19

25.05.2021. The ZPD and Second Language Learning: A Method for Future-in-the-Making

19.04.2021. Using double stimulation to understand how significant positive and lasting change can happen in families with young children
02.03.2021. Scaffolding as an embodied process within student-teacher functional system

28.01.2021. P.Y. Galperin’s Development of Human Mental Activity: implications for practice and research

30.11.2020. From the concept of ZPD to the practice of dynamic assessment 

12.10.2020. The Urgency of Agency

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