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Speaker Series: Dr. Ananda M. Marin

Deepening Understandings of Lands/Waters as a Subject in Coordinated Activity

Speaker: Ananda M. Marin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Research Methodology, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California-Los Angeles



Sociocultural theories of development center cultural practices and between-person activity as a primary context for learning. Building with these orientations, scholars working for more equitable futures have pressed the field of learning sciences to attend to relationality, historicity, power, and privilege. Working in this growing tradition, Marin makes the case that efforts to expand theories of learning ought to thoughtfully foreground the agentic role of lands/waters in the co-creation of contexts for teaching/learning. In this talk, Marin draws on a video-ethnographic study of family forest works to demonstrate how families relate to lands/waters as a subject in the coordinated activity.



Ananda M. Marin is an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research Methods in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (Tongva territory). As a learning scientist, she explores questions about the sociocultural dimensions of learning and development in everyday and intergenerational contexts. Across her research she aims to innovate methods and design teaching/learning environments that contribute to the goals and well-being of Indigenous and non-dominant communities.