Students Present Symposium on Youth Cultural Practices

Students Present Symposium on Youth Cultural Practices as
Resources for Learning and Development

May 10, 2007
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Dewey Hall 1-305

A team of thirteen Warner School of Education doctoral students, who are learning about the role of culture in teaching and learning, will present a symposium entitled, “Youth Cultural Practices as Resources for Learning and Development,” on Thursday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Dewey Hall 1-305 on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Students in EDU 527, Advanced Seminar in Teaching and Learning, will use the symposium as a way to explore research and practice that bring social and cultural perspectives to understanding learning and development of youth. Scholars working from this viewpoint believe communities’ languages, communication and interaction patterns, and cultural practices are valuable resources that youth bring to their schooling and situations in their everyday lives. Throughout the symposium, connections will be made to mathematics, literacy, and science learning, with an eye to informing pedagogy and future research.

The following papers will be presented: Youth as Active Agents; Mathematics and Numeracy as Social Practice; Literacy and Literacies as Social Practice; Science Learning and Cultural Practices; Cultural Practices and the Production of Social Space. Following the paper presentations, Kevin O’Connor, assistant professor in counseling and human development, will serve as the discussant. To close, guests will be able to participate in an open audience discussion.Registration is not necessary. For more information about the symposium, please contact Nancy Ares at (585) 273-5957 or nancy.ares@rochester.edu.

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