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Keynotes and Invited Speakers

Yuriy V. Karpov

Professor of Education and Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Touro College, New York, NY, USA, and President of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. Before moving to the United States, he was Deputy chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at Moscow State University. Dr. Karpov is author of The Neo-Vygotskian Approach to Child Development and Vygotsky for Educators (both published by Cambridge University Press), as well as research and theoretical articles in scientific journals, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. He will speak on The Vygotskian Approach to Preschool and School Instruction.

Iveta Kovalčiková

Associate Professor of Education, University of Presov, Slovakia. She has also worked as a consultant at the Institution for In-Service Teacher Training. Her teaching is focused on cognitive education, cognitive stimulation of individual educational needs, and dynamic assessment of latent learning capacities. For the last 10 years she has been principal investigator of a large research program of the National Research Agency, Ministry of Education, Slovak Republic, on Dynamic assessment of the latent learning capacities, executive functions as a structural component of ability to learn, with special focus on underperforming children from the Roma ethnic group. From 2013 until 2017 she was vice-president for Europe of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. Her keynote address is entitled Per aspera ad astra--Through (cognitive and cultural) obstacles to (educational) stars: Stimulation of executive functioning of underperforming pupils from the Roma ethnic group.


Angel R. Villarini Jusino

Full professor at the Faculty of General Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and an honorary professor of universities in Panama, Colombia and Dominican Republic. He has a Ph. D. in Philosophy from Boston College with specialization in epistemology and hermeneutics (he was a student of Hans-Georg Gadamer). He has published extensively and worked as main educational consultant in several countries and is well known throughout Latin America and the Caribbean region for his contributions to the design and implementation of innovative programs, both at school and university level, framed in his own competency based education approach, which he initially learned working with Alverno College. He is the founder and director of the Encuentro Internacional de Educación y Pensamiento of the Organización para el Fomento del Desarrollo de Pensamiento. That organization has held professional conferences in the region for the promotion of effective modes of thinking and learning for 26 consecutive years. He will speak on Fostering the human development through critical thinking. A historical-cultural perspective on competency based education.



Orlando Valera Alfonso

Professor, Pedagogical Sciences, Titular University (Mexico).

Rebeca Mejia-Arauz

ITESO University, Guadalajara, Mexico

Who will address the topic: An applied sociocultural model to promote children´s learning following an informal learning paradigm