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We welcome you to engage in a discussion of Vygotskian praxis—a partnership between teachers and researchers in which theoretical concepts are discussed by teachers and researchers in a way that helps teachers develop their practices.

Link for the webinar: http://r.jyu.fi/multileap-29-10-21

We will listen to three teachers’ experiences in engaging in such partnerships with researchers with the goal to resolve challenges they faced in their teaching practice. While these challenges were different, the goal in these partnerships was similar–achieving greater equity in classroom assessment. Neither researchers nor teachers would be able to resolve these challenges alone—rather the reciprocal engagement by both researchers, introducing theoretical principles and frameworks to develop teachers’ conceptions of classroom assessment and learner development (assessment literacy) and teachers’ contributions as practicing professionals that resulted in resolving teacher challenges.

The seminar will be opened and closed by Dmitri Leontjev, University of Jyväskylä, and Mark deBoer, Akita International University, Japan, who will also moderate the discussion.

The three presenters in the seminar will be:

Pirjo Pollari is an EFL teacher and teacher trainer at the Teacher Training School of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In addition to her primary work, teaching students aged 13-19 English and educating future EFL teachers, she does in-service teacher training as well as research, both mainly focusing on assessment.

Victoria Kareva is an EFL teacher and teacher trainer at the Ural Federal University, Russia. In addition to her primary work, teaching university students English and preparing learners of all ages for taking international exams, she is the tutor of in-service teacher training course CELT-S, she conducts research in the spheres of various aspects of language acquisition.

Rebecca Clegg-Sasaki is a lecturer in the English for Academic Purposes Program at Akita International University. Her research interests focus on academic writing, teacher education and translation.

Looking forward seeing you on Friday 29th of October at 10.00 am (UTC+3)!