Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning

Call for Manuscripts: VOLUME X

Sociocultural theories of learning and motivation
Looking back, looking forward

Dennis M McInerney, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (dennismm@eduhk.hk), Richard A Walker, University of Sydney (richard.walker@sydney.edu.au), G. Arief D Liem, University of Sydney (gregory.liem@sydney.edu.au) and Information Age Press, Greenwich CT (admin@infoagepub.com)

It is now nearly thirty years since sociocultural theories of learning created great excitement and debate amongst those concerned with learning in diverse contexts. Since that time significant advances have been made in sociocultural theory and research. Various sociocultural approaches to the understanding of learning (for example, sociocultural psychology, sociocultural discourse, cultural historical activity theory) have been developed and consolidated and new challenges are currently being addressed. In the motivational arena sociocultural approaches deriving from Vygotsky have only begun to emerge relatively recently. In this Volume we examine and evaluate the achievements of past sociocultural theory and research, and consider the future directions of sociocultural theory and research in the domains of learning and motivation. Accordingly we invite authors to contribute to this volume in ways such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Sociocultural theory development: Past, present and future
  • Theory development: Issues, debates and controversies
  • Conceptual and methodological issues in sociocultural theory and research
  • Reviews of theory and research on specific sociocultural topics
  • Evaluations of a body of sociocultural theory and research
  • Exemplary practices deriving from sociocultural theories
  • Educational implications of sociocultural theory and research
  • Future directions and needed research in sociocultural theory
Chapters are invited on any of the above, or related, topics with reports of original research, or thematic summaries of existing research, being particularly welcome. If you would like to contribute a chapter to this volume please email an expression of interest to Prof. Dennis McInerney, dennismm@eduhk.hk by the August 30th, 2010. Your expression of interest should consist of a title and a 250-500 word summary of your proposed topic indicating how this topic addresses the mission of the volume. First draft manuscripts are due by November 29th 2010. It is hoped that the manuscript will be launched at the 2011 AERA conference in New Orleans. If you desire to learn more about the series please visit the themes in each of our other volumes below.

The aim of this book series is to provide a much needed outlet for the wealth of cross-cultural research that has not impacted: (1) mainstream educational and psychological texts (e.g., learning, motivation, development, social, and cognitive texts); and (2) mainstream undergraduate and graduate courses in education and psychology. A review of standard texts reveals very little citation of this crosscultural literature; one has to access journals such as the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology or the Journal of Intercultural Studies or specialized texts to obtain this information. This series attempts to bridge this information gap by making sociocultural research accessible to mainstream consumers by exploring the sociocultural influences on learning and motivation across a broad range of settings and content areas. For this reason, the series, while erudite, will present issues, research findings, implications, and applications in a format that will be attractive to seasoned and beginning academics, students, and those who have a specialized interest in cross-cultural research. Societies such as the USA, Australia, United Kingdom, and Europe are becoming increasingly diverse in cultural and social demographics. For this reason, the series will play a significant role in making sociocultural influences a mainstream concern in research and application.