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Special Interest Group

Socio-Cultural and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Fostering Insight and Innovation in Socio-Cultural and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Our Special Interest Group is dedicated to exploring socio-cultural theory and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory in the pursuit of understanding how societal and cultural contexts shape human behaviour. We strive to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and apply these insights to address real-world challenges, enriching both academic and practical realms.

Research interests

  • Learning and Development

  • Classroom Dynamics

  • Language and Literacy

  • Technology in Education

  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

  • Curriculum Development

  • Motivation and Engagement

  • Identity and Learning

  • Educational Policy and Reform

  • Informal Learning Environments

SIG aims

  • Support and promote cutting-edge research initiatives that expand the boundaries of socio-cultural and Cultural-historical Activity Theory

  • Translate theoretical insights into practical solutions and strategies applicable in various fields such as education, organisational development, and social policy

  • Initiate and support collaborative projects and studies among members from diverse professional backgrounds

  • Regularly host webinars, workshops, and conferences for knowledge exchange and professional development within the community.

SIG Convenors

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Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

Louise Kay is a lecturer in early childhood in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She is a qualified teacher and has worked across all three primary key stages, with the majority of her career spent teaching in the early...

Philip Moffitt, Dr

Lecturer (Technology Enhanced Learning) at Lancaster University

Phil Moffitt works in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University. He specialises in interventionist research of education. Phil is a chartered engineer, facilities manager, and UX ergonomist with research interests in...

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Jan Georgeson, Dr

Associate Professor at Plymouth University

Dr Jan Georgeson is Associate Professor of Education at University of Plymouth and has a professional background as teacher of young children with special educational needs. She has also worked and volunteered as a Portage worker supporting...

Content associated with this SIG

Academic Writing Retreat

23 May 2024 - 24 May 2024

This writing retreat creates a productive environment for participants to write. You will find a quiet space to write, with short spaces to share tips and tools, to overcome writing blocks, and...

Upcoming eventVirtual

BERA Conference 2023 Awards Announced

The BERA Conference 2023 was held at the Conference Aston/ Aston University, 12-14 September 2023. We are pleased to announce the conference award winners. Please click below to view the ECR Best...

News11 Oct 2023

BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

The BERA Conference 2023 was held on the 12th-14th September 2023 at Conference Aston/Aston University. Keynote speakers included: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith. The conference ended with three...

Past conference12 Sep 2023