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From Carol K. K. Chan

It is with great sadness to know about the passing away of Naomi Miyake who is one of my most highly respected scholars. I first knew of Naomi through her research writing as a graduate student reading her ingenious paper on constructive iteration and processes; my supervisor noted it as a must-read paper.  As with Naomi, I also had a background in Cognitive Science and later developed research in Learning Science and CSCL.  Over the years, I came to meet Naomi in conferences and research groups and she always striked me with such insightful ideas; her research innovative with strong theoretical foundation; and her design work beautiful and intriguing. She was a good friend of knowledge-building reseach and had served as discussant on different occasions and her comments always so helpful. Naomi is a dedicated scholar contributing much to our field; she was one of the major founders of CSCL editing books and ijCSCL and she played important roles serving ISLS.  On a personal level, she was always kind and supportive; our last conversation was at CSCL 2011 and we talked about visiting schools in Hong Kong and Japan. It is difficult for research to have impacts but I understand her work has influenced education in Japanese schools.  It is a great loss to us but she will be dearly remembered as a great scholar who inspired and contributed much to moving our field forward.

–From Carol K. K. Chan

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from Jeonghye Han

In my memory of Naomi.
We met for the fist time as a chair and an invited speaker at an international workshop on Robots with Children, Lausanne, Switzerland, March 6, 2011.
I remembered her who did not agree everything  when I gave my talk. Nevertheless she invited me for another talk in HongKong, July 5, 2011.  That was the conference workshop on Robotics in CSCL, Hong Kong, July 5, 2011 (see photo 1: After my talk with me, Dr. Kanda in ATR, Prof. Ishiguro in Osaka University, Prof. Naomi).
Next year, Prof. Naomi was invited from International conference e-Learning Korea 2011 in Seoul.
She wanted to have a lunch just the two of us to discuss Children Robot Learning. She chose Korean vegetable dish for her health in stead of beef.  (see photo 2: lunch with Naomi in e-Learning Korea conference)


She encouraged me to study Children and Robot Interaction when I told her I felt I lacked the capacity.
I can remember  her sayings “Jeonghye, you don’t need to care what your skills are or where you are from. It is valuable to keep going on” I would like to pay a high tribute to Naomi’s life as a researcher and role-model.

She was a great mentor to many female researchers in CSCL and in HRI.
Cherish the memory of former President, Naomi.

Jeonghye Han,
South Korea

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From The European Commission Institute for Prospective Studies



The European Commission Institute for Prospective Studies (JRC- IPTS), based in Seville, is sad to hear about the loss of Naomi. We worked together with Naomi and a team of experts led by Nancy Law on up-scaling and mainstreaming ICT-enabled innovations and are proud to have published a JRC Scientific and Policy Report together with Naomi. We will remember her enthusiasm, openness and critical mind. Thank you Naomi for having shared this with us. The picture was taken at the public forum on “How do we know if an Education Reform is Successful? Insights from European and Asian Education Innovations, jointly organized by the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) and the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, 23 January, 2013.  (

–Signed by Yves Punie, Pan Kampylis, Stefania Bocconi.

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From Peter Goodyear

As a nervous new academic at Lancaster University in 1986, I joined John Self, Steve Payne, Jim Ridgway and others in the Centre for Research on Computers and Learning. At one of the very first meetings we discussed Naomi’s paper on “Constructive Interaction”, which had recently appeared in Cognitive Science. It’s a paper every grad student should read, for the ways it builds a complex argument in simple language; elegant exposition.  Naomi’s approach stimulated a number of our projects on the study of teachers’ thinking in one-on-one tutorial sessions – aimed at improving intelligent tutoring systems. She had a rare kind of talent for producing infectious ideas – we will all miss her.

From Peter Goodyear

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From Deborah Fields

I remember Naomi Miyake’s opening of the CSCL conference in Hong Kong in 2011.

She shared a story (and a perspective) that I have never ever forgotten and which I share with others. The conference took place not long after the tsunami hit Japan, and Naomi told about one elementary school where a local engineer had helped the school develop a different type of emergency preparedness than most of the other schools. Normally, she explained, in the event of an earthquake students would go to an open space in the schoolyard and wait for the teachers to check the school and come out. Relying on adults.

In this school, however, the students were taught to go to the schoolyard, evaluate the safety of the situation themselves, and go to higher ground if they determined they needed to. This school was one hit by the tsunami, and while the survival rate in all the other schools was extremely low, in this school it was over 90% because the children themselves took the initiative to evaluate their safety and move to higher ground.

The story brings tears to my eyes each time. What a belief in what kids are capable of, and what an important story to tell to remind us all to engage kids in their fullest capacities for reasoning and looking out for each other.

Naomi told the story with tenderness, and I know that her work as a scholar was with this ethic in mind – to educate in a way that children reach to their fullest capability in learning and taking responsibility.

I am so sad for the loss of Naomi to our community.

From Deborah Fields

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