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.
Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics Education, Vanderbilt Univ.
Professor of Mathematics Education, Vanderbilt Univ.
Ewha Womans University
University of Colorado Boulder
Learning and Identity Strand
University of Washington
University of Twente