Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2018 Archive

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Sydney Ideas: symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies


14 February 2018Register online

The Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series provides an opportunity to hear internationally renowned experts as they contribute to contemporary debates and discussions in education, social work and social policy. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Learning as design and performative action: symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies.

The purpose of education is to contribute to reproducing the knowledge and skills that are relevant for a society. In traditional societies with a low division of labour, this implies focusing on reproducing knowledge that is stable and well known. In societies undergoing rapid change, due to factors such as digitalisation, globalisation and an increasing knowledge production, the situation will be different. Education and instruction – from preschool to university – can no longer be modelled entirely on what is known; it must be forward-looking and based on visions of a largely unknown and unknowable future. In the lecture, Professor Roger Säljö from The University of Gothenburg will argue that "learning" as we know it is currently changing in nature from its traditional focus on reproduction to a focus on learning as design.

Event details

  • When: 6.15–7.30pm

  • Where: Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Register online

  • Contact: Sydney Ideas
    T: +61 2 9351 2943

  • Speaker: Roger Säljö is director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), a national Swedish centre of excellence at The University of Gothenburg funded by the Swedish Research Council. He specialises in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective, topics on which he has published extensively. Much of Professor Säljö's work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how they acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society. In recent years, he has researched how the so-called new technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. In this field, he has been responsible for the national research program, LearnIT. Professor Säljö has also been engaged in work with colleagues from a range of different disciplines including medicine and health care, various natural sciences and linguistics. He was a founding editor of the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interaction and has supervised 47 PhD students to their degree.

Sydney Ideas - Learning as design and performative action: Symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies.


The University of Sydney
Education LT 351
Education Building A35
Camperdown, NSW 2006
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