LD SIG Forum: Transitions in the Lives of Learners and Teachers

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Ian Hurrell, Rikkyo University; Mayumi Abe, Temple University Japan Campus; Philip Shigeo Brown, Konan Women’s University; Samuel Bruce, Soka University; Jennifer Capouilliez, Rikkyo University; Jianwen Chen, Rikkyo University; Huw Davies, Open University (UK); Hideo Kojima, Hirosaki University; Paul Landicho, Rikkyo University; Timothy A. Opitz, Rikkyo University; Debjani Ray, Tokyo University of Science; Robert H. Taferner, Hiroshima University; Stacey Vye, Saitama University; Satomi Yoshimuta, Temple University Japan Campus

At the 39th annual JALT Conference, the Learner Development SIG forum focused on various kinds of life-stage transitions such as the transition from being teacher-centered to learner-centered educators, the transition of students from being passive to active learners, and the transition of SIG members from working individually to working collaboratively in research, writing, and presentation. After the presentations, the presenters and participants engaged in a reflective discussion in small groups to bring together what they had learned from taking part in the various presentations. To give an accurate flavor of the forum, this paper includes short sections by 14 of the presenters, and is concluded with comments made by the participants in group reflection discussions held at the end of the forum.


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