Tuesday 27 August 2024

Pre-congress PhD Day

A one day research workshop

PhD Day is a traditional pre-congress research workshop where PhD students have the opportunity to present and discuss their research. The main objective is to support the research capacity building in the incoming generation of cultural-historical and activity research. Also, this is a unique opportunity for PhD researchers to join the ISCAR community, and start building their own research networks and communities.

In the PhD Students’ Day, special attention will be given to the PhD thesis, focusing on the different phases of doctoral research. There will be spaces/times for dialogues, presentations, posters, and debates, including the participation of Senior Researchers that will discuss parts of PhD students’ work and provide some suggestions. For instance, the opportunity to discuss theoretical framework, research design, methodology and data analysis will be given to doctoral students who have already collected their empirical data.

All accepted papers will be grouped in coordinated paper sections, and assigned to a discussant chair committee.
Each section is scheduled for 1.5 hours led by two internationally recognized professors. Three paper presentations will be grouped (20 minutes for each presentation) followed by 30 minutes of general discussion. Other PhD students and early career researchers are invited to participate in the discussion.

The Organising Committee might suggest PhD students turn a poster into a dialogue paper or vice versa. The PhD students will receive a letter of acceptance.


Nikolai Veresov (Australia)
Daniel Goulart (Brazil)
Laure Kloetzer (Switzerland)
Irina Engenees (Norway)

Pina Marsico (Italy)
Samran Daneshfar (Australia)
Adolfo Tanzi Neto (Brazil)
Monique Volman (The Netherlands)


08.30 – 09.00

Registration | coffee & tea 

Plenary session

09.00 – 10.00

Opening and welcome – Penn Room 1 

Opening speech, professors’ presentations

Welcome speech of ISCAR President

10.00 – 10.30

Morning break

Parallel sessions 1

10.30 – 12.30

Penn Room 1
Preschool children’s institutional transitions and motive development in Mainland China
Jianing Liu; Monash University Melbourne, Australia

Mapping and documenting the process of children’s learning and development in science during play
Eleni Stavropoulou , Glykeria Fragkiadaki; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

The dialectical interrelation between play and learning in STEM in early childhood
Iro Zachariadi, Glykeria Fragkiadaki; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Fear of disability as a germ cell in teacher behaviour towards learners with learning disabilities
David  Kumador, University of Ghana
Azwihangwisi Muthivhi, University of Pretoria

Penn Room 2

Analysing multi-professional knowledge creation in socio-materially mediated workshops
Sanna Juvonen; Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

Mediating the development of ESP communicative competence through S-L approach in Indonesia
Girindra Reswari; University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom

Fostering Emergent Career Agency: Moving Forward When Young Adults’ Career Development Stalls
Marijn Neuman, Monique Volman, Marco Mazereeuw; NHLStenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Spiritual Coping, Resource Loss, and Mental Health in War-Affected Communities
Fedor Shankov; International Community for Co-Experiencing Psychotherapy (ICCEPT), Hamburg, Germany

12.30 – 13.00


Parallel sessions 2

13.00 – 14.30


Penn room 1

The Study of Discriminatory and Resistance Discourses of Social Movements on Dutch National Identity
Sherene Farag , Maria de Haan, Pomme van de Weerd , Tjitske de Groot; Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands

Social activity in English classes for specific purposes to reframe the teaching-learning processes
Ulysses Diegues; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro / Fatec Praia Grande / FATEF, Brazil

Control vs Autonomy? Adults’ actions supporting students in gaining power within a Change Laboratory
Pauliina Rantavuori , Annalisa Sannino , Hannele Kerosuo, Yrjö Engeström; Tampere University, University of Helsinki, Finland

Penn room 2 

Intergenerational interactions and identity development in a Paraguayan heritage school in NYC
Alicia Elias-Caballero,; Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, United States

Religious conversion as a dramatic process: becoming a Pentecostal evangelical follower in Brazil
Raul Gomes Almeida; University of São Paulo, Brazil

Exploring the (re)production of inequality in the institutional everyday life of children.
Rebekka Sylvest-Berg; Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

14.30 – 15.00

Coffee break

Parallel sessions 3 

15.00 – 17.00

Penn room 1 – online presentations 

Scientific Literacy Development through Cultural-historical Lens: A Theoretical Analysis
Goutam Roy, Shukla Sikder,, Charles Stur; University, Bathurst, Australia

Unlocking transformative inclusion through early years play: The lens of cultural-historical theory
Arifa Rahman, Shukla Sikder, Lucia Zundans-Fraser

Transgressive Language Teaching Classes in a Brazilian Public School
Valeska Favoretti Serafim; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilPenn room

Plenary session

17.00 – 18.00

Closing and reflections

Reflections from sections