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Sociocultural and Activity Theory SIG Writing Workshop

The writing workshop is to support SIG members in their current writing projects whether it be a thesis chapter or paper and to prepare a proposal for a CHAT Special Issue of AER. HDR students will particularly appreciate the opportunity for feedback on their writing from more experienced CHAT SIG members. The Venue and catering is provided by AARE through the SIG special grant scheme.

Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017
Venue: Canberra, 1-2 December, Australian Academy Shine Dome, Jaeger Room. 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT 2601

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Strategic Plan 2017. Sociocultural Activity Theory SIG


  1. Strengthen and deepen the research and scholarship in Sociocultural/Cultural Historical Activity Theories; though:
  • improving communication between scholars and researchers both through communication technologies and face-to-face;
  • facilitating collaboration between Australian, New Zealand and Asian scholars both in research, conference presentation and publishing; and
  • developing a culture of theoretical and empirical research in Cultural Historical Theories.
  • Increase the formal and informal membership of the SIG and continue to nurture the growth of a Socio-Cultural, Cultural Historical, Activity Theory community.
  • Improve quality of SIG papers and increase the number and quality of SIG symposia at 2017 AARE conference
  • Provide mentorship for HDR student and ECR SIG members
  • Facilitate the process of SIG member collaboration and contribution to two special issues / books and two symposia for AARE and ISCAR
  • Establish and use a private conversation and sharing platform for the SIG


  • AARE Symposia – 2
  • ISCAR Symposia – 2
  • Book proposal(s): in coordination with AARE and/or ISCAR seminars (Nikolai Veresov (editor) – with Springer)
  • AER special issue proposal - call for papers

Call for Papers: AER special issue – Contemporary themes in sociocultural and activity theory research

 The co-convenors of the Sociocultural and Cultural Historical Activity Theory Research (CHAT) SIG extend an invitation to members to submit a 500-1000 word extended abstract for a paper for a special issue proposal to the Australian Educational Researcher (AER) journal. The special issue proposal is a result of the 2-day symposium run for members on 2-3 December, 2016, following the AARE annual conference. The symposium was an opportunity for members to workshop their ideas, form collaborations and develop goals towards dissemination. Two keynote presentations anchored discussions over the two days of the symposium and accordingly the special issue will be divided into two sub-themes corresponding to the keynotes. 

  1. Developing conceptual tools and technologies
  2. Researching the everyday

The AER special issue proposal will commemorate 5 years since the last Sociocultural SIG special issue was published in AER.

Final paper length: 5000-6000 words (including references)

Authors: The lead author must be a Sociocultural SIG Member, and at least one author must register on the SLACK platform for the team

Timeline: Chapter Proposals must be submitted by the end of April. Maximum length for Proposals is 1000 words. There are no fixed headings for chapters but each Chapter Proposal must provide:

1.     A summary of the research aims

2.     A description of the context or setting for the research

3.     A summary of the substantive literature drawn on for the study

4.     A description of the theoretical or conceptual framework adopted for the study

5.    For reports of empirical work, the Proposal must include a description of research methods (including approach to data analysis)

6.     A summary of the chapter’s main claims and/or findings

7.     Implications for policy, research, and/or practice arising from the research

Editorial Team review of Chapter Proposals: May 2016

Authors notified of acceptance/rejection of Proposals: Early June

 Please submit Chapter Proposals via email to by Friday April 28th with ‘AER Paper Proposal’ as the email subject heading. Please save your file with your name and date. Eg ggilmore16-03-17. You will receive confirmation by return email that your Chapter Proposal has been received.

John Cripps Clark 

Gwen Gilmore 

Jenny Martin 


Sociocultural Activity Theory August 2017 Update


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