"Learning as design and performative action: Symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies".
On February 14th, 2018, Professor Roger Säljö will present an event in the Sydney Ideas event for the Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series, "Learning as design and performative action: Symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies".
The purpose of education is to contribute to reproducing the knowledge and skills that are relevant for a society. In traditional societies with a low division of labour this implies focussing on reproducing knowledge that is stable and well known. In societies undergoing rapid change, due to factors such as digitalisation, globalisation and an increasing knowledge production, the situation will be different. Education and instruction – from preschool to university – can no longer be modelled solely on what is known but has to be forward looking and based on visions of a largely unknown future. In the lecture, it will be argued learning as we know it is currently changing in nature from its traditional focus on reproduction to a focus on learning as design.
Professor Roger Säljö, of the University of Gothenburg, specializes in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective, where he has published extensively. Much of his work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how we acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society.
This event will be held in the Education and Social Work lecture theatre (Room 351, Education Building (A35), Manning Road) on Wednesday 14 February. The event runs from 6:15 to 7:30pm, including the introduction by the Head of School and Dean, Professor Fran Waugh. Registration details will follow here, when available, or email Celina McEwen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be notified when they open.