STEME

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group

Re-imagining futures in STEME

Author: Dr. John Cripps Clark

Farewell David Symington

David Symington, Adjunct Professor in Science Education and a longstanding member of the STEME research group, passed away yesterday after a very short illness following diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. In recent years David has been a regular attendee …

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Posted in Posts by Dr. John Cripps Clark on August 27, 2021

Where the Truth Lies: Peirce Through the Lens of The Third Man

This chapter examines pragmatism and film noir, focussing on The Third Man, through the lens of the pragmatist philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce. It presents, through this classic noir thriller, a pathway into the difficult ideas of Peirce, whose thought is foundational to semiotics and critical in understanding scientific and educational thinking more broadly. To date, Peirce has not received the attention that he deserves (compared to, say, his much-cited fellow American pragmatist John Dewey). Film noir with its shadows, ambiguity, distortions and unexpected angles, and its constant and ultimately compromised search for truth, has remained a potent influence on filmmaking since the 1940s, and the archetypical film noir is Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949). An elucidation of Peirce’s ideas through film noir can potentially provide insight not only into film theory but also philosophy, science and education. We draw on the visual power and narrative drive of The Third Man to illustrate Peirce’s subtle and powerful ideas.

Posted in Publications by Dr. John Cripps Clark on August 27, 2021

Putting the M back into STEM: Lessons from STEM professional development

Herbert, Sandra, & Cripps Clark, John. (2020). Putting the M back into STEM: Lessons from STEM professional development

Posted in Publications by Dr. John Cripps Clark on January 27, 2021

Solidarity and Community: Collaborative Learning in Times of Crisis

In his writing on pedology from 1928 to 1931, Vygotsky (1998) discusses how the social environment provides the context and source for human development. During the almost century since, Vygotsky’s ideas have developed to inform our understanding of groups and institutions through Cultural Historical Activity Theory. In this paper we examine the evolution of social structures which have guided development for a community of Vygotskian scholars in the Asia Pacific region over the past two decades and how it has responded to the present crisis. In this time of crisis, where the movement has been from face-to-face to online interaction, our experience of moving between intermittent online to sustained face-to-face meeting, refracted through our understandings of Vygotsky, can inform not only present experience but also help us to think about what new structures and relationships can be created as we move beyond crisis.

Posted in Publications by Dr. John Cripps Clark on November 9, 2020

Vygotsky’s “Teaching on the Emotions”: Sensation, Dynamic Change, Moral Feeling

World Humanities Forum, Dr. John Cripps Clark

Posted in Events by Dr. John Cripps Clark on October 5, 2020

Tasks of English Education for Digital Natives

Modern English Education Society, Dr. John Cripps Clark

Posted in Events by Dr. John Cripps Clark on October 5, 2020

Cultural Historical Activity Research for a Socially Just World: A Video Conference Symposium

The SAT SIG would like to invite contributions to a symposium we will be running at the 2019 AARE Brisbane Conference. You do not have to travel to Brisbane (or pay any membership or conference fees) All you have to do is submit a three-minute video in …

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Posted in Events by Dr. John Cripps Clark on October 10, 2019

2019 Cultural-historical & Activity Research Summer School

The AARE SAT SIG Summer School is an opportunity for research students and researchers using cultural-historical, socio-cultural, and activity theories facilitated by senior researchers in the fields to spend five days living and eating together in the …

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Posted in Events by Dr. John Cripps Clark on October 10, 2019

Cultural-Historical & Activity Research reading group

This month we will read and discuss González Rey, F. L. (2015). Human Motivation in Question: Discussing Emotions, Motives, and Subjectivity from a Cultural-Historical Standpoint. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 45(4), 419-439. doi:10.1111/ …

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Posted in Events by Dr. John Cripps Clark on October 10, 2019

4th Secondary Mathematics and Science Teaching Forum

Addressing the pedagogical challenges of producing the next generation of secondary mathematics and science pre-service teachers We are all doing some fantastic work with our students but we rarely get the opportunity to share our initiatives and chall …

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Posted in Events by Dr. John Cripps Clark on October 5, 2019

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