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2017 Conference - Extending the Legacy of Leo Van Lier: Ecologizing Pedagogy
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Pedagogy is not simply what appears on the surface in the classroom, nor is it describable or prescribable as a set of practices or an organized monolithic system combining theory and practice. It is rather the sum total of a large and complex ecology extending rhizomatically and with multiple layers, which ecological approaches to teaching/learning conceive of in terms of dynamic relationships. Only some of these are viewable in the surface action of the classroom, like the tip of a vast iceberg.

Leo van Lier was grappling with the whole iceberg rather than its exposed parts, which is what makes his work so valuable and so challenging. In this colloquium we will seek to understand and extend van Lier’s work on human development, classrooms and language learning, using it as a critical toolkit for reconceptualizing pedagogy and the cultivation of developmentally fertile learning environments.

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