Methodological Approaches to CHAT


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.

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

Athina-Christina Kornelaki, Phd, Post Doc Researcher, Department Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Greece.

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

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

You are welcome to send your questions to the speakers in advance:

It is necessary to register in advance. Full texts of the papers will be sent to registered participants.

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

More information about the previous meetings is here..

Video materials of the previous meetings:

30.09.2021 Excluded School Students - Excluded Lives 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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