About The Conference

About

The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences

Learning is essential to the human experience. It stands to reason, then, that many academic disciplines, whether explicitly or tacitly, investigate or make assumptions about the nature of learning. The content of what people are learning has profound implications for our understanding of the nature of the process. In addition, the theories that we propose and the assumptions that we hold fundamentally shape the questions we ask, what we notice, and what we design for. Rather than seeing these differences as impediments to progress, the field of the Learning Sciences is enhanced when we build on these debates and disagreements in order to strengthen competing claims and transform these into designs that have significant impact on learning more broadly.

The learning sciences, as a field, has historically focused on interdisciplinarity — to center learning as a phenomenon and interrogate it with different lenses. For ICLS 2020, we seek to draw on and highlight the ways our understandings of learning can be deepened by revisiting the multiple ways of looking at learning, with an eye toward opening new conversations and enriching existing ones.

With this goal in mind, we invite papers that look at central topics around issues of learning, with a special interest in analyses that highlight the sociopolitical dimensions of learning and social justice. We focus our collective attention to four areas of inquiry, including learning and identity, teaching, design, and scale, which we hope to examine through lenses of psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, historiography, critical theories, and philosophy. Some of the research in our field already bridges disciplines, and we welcome papers that work synthetically about key issues. In articulating these strands, our goal is to offer visions about the topics of research that are relevant to the conference, but they are not intended to limit the possibilities for contributions.

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Melissa Gresalfi

Melissa Gresalfi

Vanderbilt University

Peabody College

Ilana Horn

Ilana Horn

Vanderbilt University

Peabody College

Melissa Gresalfi

Melissa Gresalfi

Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics Education, Vanderbilt Univ.

Ilana Horn

Ilana Horn

Professor of Mathematics Education, Vanderbilt Univ.

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS

Noel Enyedy

Noel Enyedy

Vanderbilt University

Design Strand

Hyo-Jeong So

Hyo-Jeong So

Ewha Womans University

Design Strand

Vicki Hand

Vicki Hand

University of Colorado Boulder

Learning and Identity Strand

Julia Snell

Julia Snell

University of Leeds

Learning and Identity Strand

Kara Jackson

Kara Jackson

University of Washington

Scale Strand

Susan McKenney

Susan McKenney

University of Twente

Scale Strand

Adam Lefstein

Adam Lefstein

Ben-Gurion University

Teaching Strand

Thomas Phillip

Thomas Phillip

UCLA

Teaching Strand

WHEN AND WHERE

ICLS 2020 will be held June 19-23, 2020, in Nashville TN. Pre-conference workshops begin in the morning of June 19, and end in the afternoon on June 20. The official conference kicks off with a Plenary Session featuring Anna Sfard on June 20.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS