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Third Annual Winter/Summer School in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory Approaches to Researching Teacher Education

10-14 July 2017 Level 5, 215 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000.

The Teacher Education, Quality, and Professional Practice Research Concentration of LSIA is delighted to host this event. The Winter School is held annually, alternating between ACU and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. It aims to:

  • Develop an action-oriented community of teacher education researchers using and developing cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) to lift the theorisation and impact of teacher education research
  • Offer an opportunity for teacher education researchers using CHAT to engage in international dialogues about theory, method and practice in teacher education research
  • Collaborate to concretize the nature of teacher education work and working as a teacher education researcher in an international community
  • Create opportunities to destabilise, motivate and interrupt the taken-for-granted in teacher education.

International guest presenters at Winter School are

Winter School sessions will include:

  • An introduction to CHAT for newcomers as well as advanced topics for those seeking to develop the research tradition
  • Sharing of major projects in progress, emphasising how CHAT is being taken up and its strengths and limitations in current designs
  • Sharing of doctoral and early career projects for constructively critical feedback
  • Keynote presentations offering analysis of the historically accumulating nature of teacher education and the features of the present historical moment, as well as rich theoretical insights and examples of successful research projects
  • Workshop sessions focused on moving from theory to methodology
  • Discussion of activism in teacher education research and how CHAT principles can contribute to change methodologies
  • Workshop engagement with single concepts e.g. materialism, dialecticism, germ cell, object, mediation
  • New directions in materialist ontologies e.g. embodiment, activism.

For the draft program overview click here

The Winter School invites registrations from:

  • Teacher education researchers already using CHAT
  • CHAT researchers interested in developing their work in the contexts of teacher education
  • Doctoral candidates
  • Teacher education researchers looking for a new conceptual framework to inform their work.
  • TE researchers, including those taking higher degrees, interested in intervention methodologies

To register for the Winter School click here

FAQs about Winter School 2017

What are the dates for Winter School 2017?

  • Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July.

What is the venue for Winter School?

How much does it cost to register?

  • Registration is AU$250 for waged participants and AUD$180 for unwaged participants. Doctoral candidates must provide evidence of their full-time student status to register at the unwaged rate.

Are places limited?

  • Yes, there are only 20 places available and registration will occur on a first-come basis.

What accommodation options are nearby?

  • Quest Royal Gardens has apartment-style accommodation and is less than a 10 minute walk from Winter School venue.
  • Ovolo Laneways Hotel is in Bourke Street, close to the Winter School venue.
  • Central Melbourne has an excellent range of dining options and 24-hour supermarkets.

Is there parking on campus?

  • Parking close to the venue is limited. All day parking in the ACU carpark (via Young Street) is $11.00 and you are advised to arrive before 8.30 am. Flat casual / all day parking rate at The Metropole (via Brunswick St) is $18.00. Other reasonably priced all-day public carparks are located at the Melbourne Museum on Nicholson Street and the Eye and Ear Hospital in Albert Street.

Is there public transport nearby?

  • Trams 86 and 96 travel along Bourke Street and stop immediately outside the venue (Parliament Station). This stop is in the free tram zone.
  • Taxis frequent Spring Street and can be hailed from the footpath.
  • The Sky Bus from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Railway Station (and return) departs every 10 minutes. A round trip ticket (valid for 3 months) is $36.00.
  • Taxis between Melbourne airport and ACU take approximately 20 minutes (up to 40 minutes in peak hour traffic) and cost approximately $50.00.

What is the weather like in Melbourne in July?

  • July is winter in Melbourne, with daytime averages around 14 degrees Celsius and night time averages around 6 degrees Celsius. A light umbrella and warm jacket are essential. Frost and snow are rare.

What time zone is Melbourne?

  • Standard time in Melbourne is GMT + 10 hours.

Do I need a visa to visit Australia from overseas?

  • Check with your travel agent. On arrival in Australia you will be asked to declare the purpose of your visit. You can show this as 『conference’.
  • You are also advised to purchase travel insurance.

What voltage is the electrical system in Australia?

  • Mains voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most countries (except New Zealand) will need to purchase an adaptor plug (available at the airport). Travellers from Japan, the USA and Canada will also need a voltage converter.

What advice can you give about shopping, tipping, etc.?

  • Retail purchases on most items in Australia are subject to a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Visitors to Australia can be refunded the GST on some purchases via the Tourist Refund Scheme.
  • Tipping is not routine in Australian restaurants but is always welcome.

Who can we contact with further questions about Winter School?

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