Round Table #07

Cross-disciplinary methodologies in the study of indigenous children's learning ecologies
22 Nov, 2019


Cross-disciplinary methodologies in the study of indigenous children's learning ecologies

⭐️ María de Lourdes de León Pasquel (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Atropología Social, Mexico)

Professor Lourdes de León is a graduate professor of Indoamerican Linguistics, she has conducted research for more than three decades among the Tzotzil Maya of the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, and has also done research in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca and in the Ch’ol region of Chiapas. Professor León was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, she was also a researcher and a professor in her sabbatical stay at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Anthropology. In 2005, she received the INAH Award for her book "The Arrival of the Soul: Language, Childhood and Socialization among the Maya of Zinacantán".

⭐️ Deira Jiménez-Balam (Federal University of Pará, Brazil)

Professor Deira Jiménez-Balam studied psychology at the Autonomous University of Yucatan and her Master degree thesis is on “Concepts of health and disease among Maya children”. Deira has worked as teacher at the Intercultural Maya University in Quintana Roo, and she has participated in national and international congresses with collaborations on themes such as emotions and health in Maya people and intercultural education. She also has collaborated in research projects on gender equity, social responsibility of university students, communal development and emotions among the Maya.

⭐️ Lucía Alcalá (California State University, USA)

Professor Lucía Alcalá has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology by the University of California Santa Cruz under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Rogoff (June, 2014). She was awarded with a post-doc fellowship by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States at UC Riverside to conduct research at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV), Unidad Mérida, Yucatán México (2015). Dr. Alcalá conducts empirical research guided by sociocultural theory, exploring the interaction between cultural and environmental factors in children’s development. Currently she has projects investigating (a) cross-cultural aspects of children’s cognitive development (planning, collaboration, and executive function), (b) development of children’s prosocial behavior in diverse families (U.S. and Mexico), and (c) the impact of service-learning experiences in college students’ civic engagement and academic development.

⭐️ Margarita Martínez-Pérez (UNICACH, Mexico)

Professor Margarita Martínez Pérez currently works at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas (UNICACH). She researches Anthropological Linguistics and her current project is' “Xchanel-xchanubtasel: Language, action and teaching in activities valued among the Maya of San Juan Chamula” and “Between lexicography and ethnography: Linguistic documentation on the management of wool and weaving on a loom among the Mayan Tsotsil women of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas ”

⭐️ Maria Dolores Cervera (CINVESTAV-IPN, Mérida, Mexico)

Principal research line: Cultural construction of Yucatec Maya children. Current project (co-principal investigator with Aurelio Sánchez Suárez, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán): Maya building knowledge: A study on vernacular architecture in two Maya villages (grant CONACYT, Mexico). Presently, her field work is in a Maya village of Campeche, and Maya village of Yucatán. The main objective of Professor Cervera's project is to better understand the teaching-learning process of Maya building knowledge and practices among 3 generations.

⭐️ Carolina Remorini (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

Professor Carolina Remorini develops ethnographic research of children's development in Indigenous and Rural Populations (Argentina). She is a tenured Professor of Ethnography of South America at Universidad Nacional de La Plata.


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