Public Lecture: Professor Frederick Erickson – 17th October 2012

Building a website to portray the teaching of physics with young children:  Multimodality in the enactment of learning environments and in their representation”

Professor Frederick Erickson
Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

This lecture considers issues in the representation of complex teaching and learning practice practice in early grades classrooms.  A website constructed in collaboration between classroom teachers and university based researchers at the University Laboratory School of UCLA will be shown and discussed.  It illustrates the teaching and learning of the physics of matter,  energy, and motion with five and six year old children

Biography of Frederick Erickson:

From 1998 to 2012 Frederick Erickson was the Inaugural George F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also was Professor of Applied Linguistics and was a participant in UCLA’s interdisciplinary Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture.  From 2000 to 2005 he was Director of Research at the Corinne Seeds Elementary Laboratory School on the UCLA campus.  He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago.   A specialist in the use of video analysis in interactional sociolinguistics, microethnography, and discourse analysis, his research in education has focused especially on the study of social interaction as a learning environment.  He has also done basic research on the nature of social interaction, focusing especially on timing and rhythm in the social coordination of interaction, relationships of mutual influence between listening and speaking, and the signalling of multiple social identities in talk.

Erickson is a former president of the Council on Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association, from which in 1991 he received the George and Louise Spindler Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contributions in Educational Anthropology.  From 1985-88 he was and editor of that society’s journal, Anthropology and Education Quarterly. From 1987-89 he served as Vice President for Division G (Social Context of Education) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and in 2009 he received the Division G Lifetime Achievement Award for Research on the Social Context of Education.  In 1998-99 and again in 2006-07 he was a residential Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA., in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Education, and in 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  In 2005 his book Talk and Social Theory received the AERA Outstanding Book Award.


17:30-18:30, 17th October 2012
Clarke Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL

This event is free to attend, but a place must be booked at the online registration site