PUBLIC EXAMINATION OF ANTTI RAJALA'S DOCTORAL DISSERTATION JUNE 3, 2016
The Public Examination of Antti Rajala's Doctoral Dissertation "Towards agency-centered pedagogy - A teacher's journey of expanding the context of school learning" will take place on Friday June 3, 2016, at 12 o'clock in Hall 5, Fabianinkatu 33 (Main Building).
Professor Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont University of Neuchátel will act as the Opponent and Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen from the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, as the Custos.
The dissertation work was supervised by Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen, professor Lasse Lipponen and Dr. Annalisa Sannino from the University of Helsinki.
A PDF version of the thesis is freely available at the E-thesis website.
You can follow the defense also remotely online in UNITUBE.
Lehdistötiedote in Finnish.
Contact information of the candidate:
Antti Rajala firstname.lastname@example.org
KUKKA RANTA AT THE FREE UNIVERSITY OF FINLAND (VAPAA YLIOPISTO) SEMINAR ON MAY, 24
Collective Research: What is it and what could it be?
Kukka Ranta, a doctoral student at the CRADLE, an investigative journalist, photographer and nonfiction author outlines the Alternative Research seminar on Tuesday May 24th, 4-6pm organized by the Free University of Finland (Vapaa Yliopisto), in NesslingNest, Fredrikinkatu 20, Helsinki.
Ranta will present her collaborative research methods while working with homeless activists and housing rights movements in New York City and Barcelona as part of the Learning in Productive Social Movements project, led by professor Yrjö Engeström. Working collectively and learning together with activists and social movements, and combining academic research with journalism, photography and multimedia has intertwined deeply in Ranta’s research work.
More information on the seminar facebook.com/events/1745736582335044/
PROFESSOR MANOLIS DAFERMOS WILL GIVE A SEMINAR AT CRADLE ON MAY, 25
Prof. Manolis Dafermos, School of Social Sciences, University of Crete, will give a seminar for doctoral students on "Vygotsky and Dialectics in Educational Research" at UH, IBS, CRADLE.
The seminar will be held on Wednesday the 25th of May, 2016 at 10-15, Siltavuorenpenger 1A Room 229.
Everybody is very welcome!
Those who want to join us from distance, please contact Auli Pasanen (email@example.com ) by Tuesday, the 24th.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Part I 10:00-12:00 “Vygotsky and Dialectics”
Prof. Manolis Dafermos, School of Social Sciences, University of Crete
The discussant: Academy Research Fellow, Dr. Annalisa Sannino, Center for Research Activity, Development and Learning CRADLE, University of Helsinki
Part II 13:00-15:00 “Young People and the Socioeconomic Crisis in Greece”
Prof. Manolis Dafermos, School of Social Sciences, University of Crete
The discussant: Kristiina Brunila, Professor of Social Justice and Equality in Education, IBS, UH
The chair of the seminar is Prof. Yrjö Engeström.
Dafermos, M. (2015). Reflection on the Relationship between Cultural-historical Theory and Dialectics. Psychological Science & Education, vol 20(3). pp. 16-24.
Triliva, S, Varvantakis, C & Dafermos, M (2015). YouTube, young people, and the socioeconomic crises in Greece. Information, Communication & Society vol. 18(4).
Dafermos, M. (2014). Vygotsky’s analysis of the crisis in psychology: Diagnosis, treatment, and relevance. Theory & Psychology, vol. 24(2). pp. 147-165
Dafermos, M. (2015). Rethinking the Crisis in Social Psychology: A Dialectical Perspective. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 9/8. p. 394-405
KUKKA RANTA AT DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH SUMMER DAY 2016
Kukka Ranta, an investigative journalist and photographer, and a doctoral student at UH, IBS, CRADLE, was among the three artist-researchers to discuss about development relevant themes through arts at Tieteiden talo last Tuesday. The two others were Riikka Bado, an independent theater artist and researcher; Antti Erkkilä, Doctor of Science and Forestry, Researcher at University of Eastern Finland and field specialist for the documentary movie Home of Heart.
The audience was inspired about the way it was enhanced to see also one's own research in a new light - to think about the possibilities of combining research and arts.
Kukka Ranta's topic was The meaning of photographic journalismin in academic research. She discussed about it through Learning in Productive Social Movements -project example.
Find out more about Kukka's research work here.
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR ON MAY 12
Dear colleagues, Professor Ivan Valenzuela Espinoza will give a CRADLE research seminar on Thursday, May 12, from 10 to 12 am in Siltavuorenpenger 1A (Psychologicum), IBS meeting room 229.
Ivan’s talk will be of great interest to all of us struggling with neoliberal attacks on the Finnish educational system. Chile has an extraordinarily long and painful experience of neoliberalism, but has recently taken a turn toward building a strong public education. The Change Laboratory method developed in CRADLE is becoming an important resource for this exciting development.
Ivan’s title is:
The Chilean educational reform (2014-2018) and its implementation in Tarapacá region: Activity theory and the Change Laboratory as potential tools for social transformation
The government of President Bachelet (2014-2018) is carrying out a profound set of new reformist public policies in which the educational reform is of paramount social and political importance. After three decades of radical neoliberal educational policies, Chile has started a powerful process of dismantling the main existing free-market pillars in education, installing new institutions and approaches which aim at a social logic in this vital area. According to this new logic, education has to be considered as a social right aimed at free educational provision in which the role of public educational institutions are called to become central agents of transformation.
In the Tarapacá region the above implies new challenges for the local public university (Universidad Arturo Prat), among other things, in teachers´ undergraduate and graduate training and diverse research projects related to the local educational reality. Some of these initiatives are guided by Activity Theory and the Change Laboratory. A general overview of these projects will be presented, paying special attention to research carried out on the local employment needs in public secondary vocational-technical education. CRADLE´s theoretical and methodological approach is proving to be of great value for the research team of Universidad Arturo Prat both in terms of practical relevance and research sophistication.
Everybody is very welcome! Those who want to join us from distance, please contact Auli Pasanen (firstname.lastname@example.org ) ahead of time.
Ivan will stay in CRADLE for the month of May and will be happy to discuss with colleagues and students.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
PUBLIC EXAMINATION OF HELI KAATRAKOSKI'S DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
Friday May 13, 2016, at 12 o'clock in the Auditorium A132, Psychologicum, Siltavuorenpenger 1 A
It is my pleasure to announce the Public Examination of Heli Kaatrakoski's Doctoral Dissertation 'Conceptualising Customers in the Public Sector: An Activity-theoretical Analysis'. It will take place on Friday May 13, 2016, at 12 o'clock in the Auditorium A132, Psychologicum, Siltavuorenpenger 1 A. Professor David Guile from the Institute of Education, University College London, will act as the Opponent and Professor Yrjö Engeström from the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, as the Custos. The dissertation work was supervised by Academy Research Fellow Annalisa Sannino and Yrjö Engeström
A PDF version of the thesis is freely available at the E-thesis website:
KM Heli Kaatrakosken väitöskirja "Conceptualising Customers in the Public Sector: An Activity-theoretical Analysis" tarkastetaan perjantaina 13.5.2016 klo 12, Auditorium A132, Psychologicum, Siltavuorenpenger 1 A. Vastaväittäjänä toimii professori David Guile, the Institute of Education, University College London ja kustoksena professori Yrjö Engeström käyttäytymistieteiden laitokselta Helsingin yliopistosta. Väitöstyön ohjaajat olivat akatemiatutkija Annalisa Sannino ja Yrjö Engeström.
Väitöskirjan elektroninen versio on saatavilla osoitteessa:
Suoratoistoa voi seurata ja tallenteen voi ladata osoitteessa
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR, APRIL 29: PEDALABORATORY IN A TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL
Professor Lasse Lipponen (Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki), Adjunct professor Anu Kajamaa (CRADLE, University of
Helsinki) and their research team organized a seminar on the 29th of April at 10-12 AM in the CRADLE research center. The seminar had 25 participants from 11 different countries.
In the seminar, the team of researchers presented the proceeding and results of the Change Laboratory project named "PedaLaboratory" they carried out in a Finnish Teacher Training School in 2015. As a consequence of the project, a new shared model for pedagogical leadership was created and successfully implemented in the school by the participants of the PedaLaboratory. The research team is currently authoring journal articles from the project. A Master's thesis on the project, by Katrin Riisla, will soon be published in the University of Helsinki e-thesis.
For more information please contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
VISITORS IN MAY
Dr. Ivan Valenzuela Espinoza, Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique, Chile, 2.5.- 27.5.2016
Thomas Winman, head of research group LINA at University of West, Sweden, 3.5.2016
Bodil Svendsen, Doctoral Student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 12-13.5. 2016
Professor David Guile, UCL, Institute of Educationissa (IOE) London, 12.-15.5.2016
Khalili Samane, PhD in philosophy of education at Tehran university, lecturer at Imam Sadeq university,Tehran, Iran, 18.5.-30. 9.2016
Professor Manolis Dafermos, University of Crete, 24-26.5.2016
Postdoctoral researcher František Tůma at the Institute for Research on School Education, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 31.5.-11.7.2016
VISITORS IN APRIL
Joan Ploettner, PhD candidate in the Department of Education, research group GREIP at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain 1.4.-31.5.2016
Alix Marschani, Doctoral student, early childhood research at IOE UCL London, 13.-14.4.2016
Paul Kelly, Researcher in Impact, Evaluation & Service Design, Lancaster University, UK, 18.-21.4.2016
Professor Karen Mattick and Professor Vivienne Baumfield, both from the University of Exeter, Centre for Research in Professional Learning 27.-29.4.2016
Pei Chin Liew, Senior Specialist (Guidance), Student Development Curriculum Division at Ministry of Education, Singapore, 28.-29.4.2016
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINARS IN THE SPRING 2016
"'This Is Not Your Debt!' – Emancipation from the Emotional Prison of Guilt in the Spanish Housing Rights Movement "
Siltavuorenpenger 1A, Psychologicum, 229, IBS meeting room 7.4. at 10:45 - 12:45
"Fighting off the Vultures – How one Spanish Movement has Seriously Challenged the next Round of Real Estate Speculation"
Siltavuorenpenger 1A, Psychologicum, 229, IBS meeting room 14.4. 10:00 - 12:00
18.4. Giuseppe Scaratti, Professor, Università Cattolica di Milano
Note! A new topic - "Evaluating the impact of complex projects: A dialogue with CHAT" - will be presented later this Spring.
WALK THE TALK: a formative intervention for improving ethical practice in organization
In the seminar we present a formative intervention inside a big and complex not for profit organization. It started in 2012 and is already ongoing.
The intervention regards the biggest italian blood donors association in Italy that is composed by a large number of local, provincial and regional sites, spread all over the country. Inside this organization the associates have different roles and different type of commitment towards the organization: among the volunteer donors there are some members that have managerial roles with the task of defining strategies of the organization. Besides, some of the local sites (those that directly collect blood) commit part of the activities to personal that is employed. The complex structure of the association brought the director to ask to our research department to start an intervention because he perceived the risk that the organization could loose consolidate and shared identity, objectives and mission and become fragmented.
We implemented change laboratories, seeking for detecting contradictions and enhancing the opportunity of an expansive learning process. We ‘ll present our specific version and interpretation of a the Change Laboratory, aiming to discuss about it with the CRADLE colleagues.
Our challenge is to reflect on how it is possible to create conditions for promoting reflection and organizational change in such a big organization, by consolidating a shared identity without loosing the specificity of the local contexts/sites of the organization itself.
Through the sharing of this experience we would like to reflect about some pivotal aspects and to share ideas for writing a paper about the intervention.
Siltavuorenpenger 5A, Minerva, Meeting room K108, 18.4. 10:00 - 12:00
21.4. Paul Kelly, PhD researcher in impact evaluation & activity theory, HighWire DTC, Lancaster University
"Using activity theory to understand the design patterns visible in circulations of
power, knowledge and data in the NGO/NPO sector"
Siltavuorenpenger 5A Minerva, Meeting room K114 , 21.4. at 10:00 - 12:00
28.4. Professor Karen Mattick ,University of Exeter, Centre for Research in Professional Learning
"Learning across the professions: insights from medical and teacher education"
Siltavuorenpenger 1A, Psychologicum, 229, IBS meeting room 28.4. 10:00 - 12:00
12.5. Dr. Ivan Valenzuela Espinoza, Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique, Chile
"" The Chilean educational reform (2014-2018) and its implementation in Tarapacá region:
Activity Theory and the Change Laboratory as potential tools for social transformation"
16.5. Giuseppe Scaratti, Professor, Università Cattolica di Milano
Giuseppe Scaratti, Professor, Università Cattolica di Milano and Visiting Professor at University of Helsinki, IBS, CRADLE
Discussant: Docent Ritva Engeström
Siltavuorenpenger 5A, Minerva, Meeting room K108, 16.5. at 10:00 - 12:00
The change laboratory mirroring as dialogical process: Learning from Bakhtin
The seminar reflects on the contribution of Bakhtin's thought to a specific dimension of the change laboratory process: the mirror material used to stimulate collective analysis and trigger hints and conditions for questioning the taken for granted, breaking away from the given ways of action and taking the initiative to transform it.
The possibility to conceive and use mirroring as a highly dialogic and relational process is the activation of social exchanges and reasoning which mobilize the interpretative models of the world and the network of symbolic meanings to which people refer in their organizational cultures and aesthetics. Mirroring in this perspective can be conceived as a social process through which people are supported in finding and acknowledging their spatial-temporal framing that it used to give sense and relate with one's own system of activity. The seminar point out four thematic dimensions in Bakhtin's contribution to mirroring and activity theory in general.
Everybody is very welcome!
Università Cattolica investe nel talento, nella ricerca, nella solidarietà.
Puoi farlo anche tu. CF 02133120150 www.unicatt.it/5permille
Those who would like to participate via Skype, please join the meeting 15 minutes before the start. More info on the Skype meetings: email@example.com
CRADLERS AT NERA 2016, 9-11 March HELSINKI CONFERENCE
Cradlers take part in NERA 2016 conference in Helsinki
Thu 10.3.: PARALLEL SESSION 4, 13.30–15.00
Symposium "Adult learning – at work, in education and everyday life. Activities and communities in turmoil: dialectics of agency and
transformation in educational research", chaired by
Learning to survive: Contradictions and object formation in a food cooperative in Finland
Yrjö Engeström & Juhana Rantavuori
Agency as a process of overcoming alienation: Toward a transformative agenda for educational research
"This Is Not Your Debt!" - Emancipation from the Emotional Prison of Guilt in the Spanish Housing Rights Movement
Mikael Brunila & Kukka Ranta
Indigenous funds of knowledge, learning and identity construction
Fighting off the Vultures: How one Spanish Movement has Seriously Challenged the next Round of Real Estate Speculation
Mikael Brunila & Kukka Ranta
DUTCH JOURNAL INTRODUCES CRADLE AND 3RD GENERATION ACTIVITY THEORY
The Dutch journal Opleiding & Ontwikkeling has just published an article by Ton Bruining about CRADLE’s work and 3rd generation activity theory. Here is the article >>
NEW VISITORS AT CRADLE IN MARCH
Professor Giuseppe Scaratti, Catholic University of Milan, Italy, visits CRADLE 1.3.-31.5.2016
CHANGE LABORATORIES SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD
The international uptake of the Change Laboratory as a powerful formative intervention method has been impressive in the past few years. Here are three recent examples.
Dr. Carlos Montoro has recently conducted a Change Laboratory in his university, Universidad de Guanajuato. On the 17th of February, he presented an analysis of that Change Laboratory intervention (see the poster below). Now a large hospital in Salamanca, Mexico has requested Carlos to conduct a Change Laboratory to help them develop their practices.
Mads Skipper, Peter Musaeus and Susanne Backman Nøhr recently conducted a Change Laboratory in the outpatient clinic in a paediatric department of a hospital. These colleagues have just published an article on this interevention:
-Skipper, M., Musaeus, P. & Backman Nöhr, S. (2016). The paediatric change laboratory: Optimising postgraduate learning in the outpatient clinic. BMC Medical Education, 16:42. DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0563-y
The following item was published in the website of the Maringá State University in Brazil.
SILVIA IVALDI, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF MILAN, ITALY, WILL GIVE A TALK IN CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR
10:00 am on Thursday, March 3, in Siltavuorenpenger 1A Psychologicum, IBS meeting room 229
Silvia’s topic is "The Coworking phenomenon: sociomaterial spaces and organizational scenarios.
An activity theory perspective".
Silvia will be working in CRADLE as visiting doctoral student for the spring semester, so she will be available also for further discussions.
Silvia Ivaldi: I graduated in Organizational Psychology and now I am a phd candidate in the faculty of Sociology at the Catholic University of Milano. In this research (that is also the topic of my phd thesis) I try to give value to the interdisciplinary feature of my academic path.
NEW VISITORS AT CRADLE IN FEBRUARY
Doctoral student Silvia Ivaldi, Catholic University of iMilan, Italy, visits CRADLE 10.2.-30.6.2016
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR THURSDAY, FEB. 18 AT 10 AM
Professor Jón Torfi Jónasson (University of Iceland) will give a talk in the CRADLE research seminar on Thursday, February 18, at 10:00 am in Siltavuorenpenger 1A, Room 229.
Inertia in education:
the problem of changing its content
My analysis on change in education is at two levels. At the first level to distinguish between at least three categories of changes, macro changes (system level changes, running of schools, choice, testing regimes, etc.), micro changes (learning environments, didactics or methods, etc.) and substantive changes (aims and content of curriculum, - of education). At the second level of analysis – with focus on substantive change – I suggest there are three major issues to explore: First how does the issue become a focus or object of discussion and by whom is it lead and on what grounds? Second, by what mechanism(s) can changes be encouraged or implemented? Third, what are the inertial forces at play which may dampen, or restrain or stifle changes in this arena? I argue that these forces are neither sufficiently understood, respected nor attended to. I claim that there are many reasons why this topic of the substance of education seems to be largely ignored in the mainstream reform discourses. I argue that this is a problem because this substantive category is perhaps the most important one of the three mentioned above and that it really needs to develop for the sake of our students and societies. Having explored this issue for quite a while, under the heading education and the future, I am concerned and surprised how little attention it receives.
In my presentation I will suggest and briefly discuss more than ten different categories of forces or factors that, in concert, but to a varying degree have a restraining or repressive effect on this subject matter. If the advocates of change don’t attend to these, little change will take place within this arena. The different categories I will bring up are presented under the following headings: General conservatism, the system, standards, what is happening elsewhere? new ideas are fuzzy, the old ideas are still good? vested interests, teacher education, no consequence, lack of information, research is conservative, lack of space for initiative, the logistics of change within education. I am also looking for theoretical framework(s) within which to place my argument.
A new book Kehityksen tutkimus. Johdatus perusteisiin (Development Research. Introduction to Basics) is published by GAUDEAMUS Helsinki University Press, edited by Juhani Koponen, Jari Lanki, Mariko Sato & Anna Kervinen.
Doctoral Student Kukka Ranta, working at the CRADLE, wrote an article for the Chapter Global Governance, Development and Power by professor Juhani Koponen with a title ”Talk to us, not about us” on the power of social movements empowering oppressed poor people in South Africa; how to gain more rights in the local level with an example of the shack-dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo based in Durban.
The article is based on the Learning in Productive Social Movements project, headed by Professor Yrjö Engestöm.
The book will be released on 11.2.2016 at the Development Research Day 2016 Conference, the House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, at 17:00.
NEW PHOTO REPORT BY KUKKA RANTA
Doctoral Student Kukka Ranta has published a photo report Without a Home in the Maailman Kuvalehti Magazine 1/2016 including an article written in collaboration with Master Student Mikael Brunila. Both are working at the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning CRADLE.
The material was collected while Ranta & Brunila worked on a joint project with the New York City Community Land Initiative NYCCLI and Picture the Homeless organization in New York City during 2014-2015 as part of the project Learning in Productive Social Movements, headed by Professor Yrjö Engeström, that is part of the Adacemy of Finland Research Programme: Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills TULOS 2014–2017.
Follow the project website here!
REMINDER:SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR NORDIC ISCAR IS JANUARY THE 15th 2016
Dear Cradle colleagues,
Submission deadline, January 15th 2016, is approaching. I strongly encourage you to send a proposal for a poster session, individual paper, symposium or a panel discussion! Please, visit the Conference website for further information.
You can also contact me and I will be happy to try to answer your questions concerning the Nordic ISCAR 2016.
Hanna Toiviainen, Member of the Scientific committee
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR JAN 21
Ge Wei (Graduate School of Education, Peking University, China) will give a talk in CRADLE research seminar on Thursday, January 21, at 10:30 am in seminar room 229 in Siltavuorenpenger 1A. Ge Wei’s topic is “When Confucianism encounters cultural-historical activity theory”.
Abstract: Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) has been used in many contexts, while its transferability and applicability in Sinic cultural settings has not been discussed. This presentation shows a comparison between Sinic Confucianism and CHAT from ontological, epistemological and methodological dimensions. Moreover, the seven comparative aspects for understanding human development between Confucianism and CHAT are interpreted respectively with seven Chinese indigenous cases. The dialogue between Confucianism and CHAT on human development inspires the possibility to spread CHAT in the Sinic sphere. Meanwhile, the special social ground and discursive context in Confucian countries provide an axiological dimension as an innovative possibility to CHAT.
Keywords: cultural-historical activity theory, Confucianism, Sinic culture, human development
ACTIVITY THEORY, LEARNING AND WORK SYMPOSIUM AT RWL 9 CONFERENCE IN SINGAPORE
Hanna Toiviainen and Monica Lemos participated in the RWL 9 Conference, the 9th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning in Singapore, December 9-11, 2015.
Peter Sawchuck and Hanna coordinated the symposium ACTIVITY THEORY, LEARNING AND WORK:
Harry Daniels et al, University of Oxford: SCHOOL BUILDING: CASE STUDIES OF A COMPLEX FORM OF WORK
Katsuhiro Yamazumi, Kansai University: ENGAGING LEARNERS IN NEW DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: AN ACTIVITY-THEORETICAL STUDY ON EARTHQUAKE-ORIENTED DISASTER PREVENTION LEARNING IN KOBE
Monica Lemos, University of Helsinki: COLLABORATIVE AGENCY IN EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT: CONSTRUCTING A JOINT OBJECT FOR SCHOOL AND COM-MUNITY TRANSFORMATION.
Peter Sawchuck listening.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM CRADLE!
NEW BOOK ON ACTIVITY THEORY AND EDUCATION
A book titled Activity Theory in Education: Research and Practice, edited by Dilani Gedera and John Williams, has just been published by Sense Publishers.
FATMA ALHASHIMI FROM UAE VISITED CRADLE
Fatma Al Hashimi, PhD Candidate from the British University of Dubai BUiD, United Arab Emirates, visited CRADLE, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, on November the 23rd-27th, 2015.
Al Hashimi’s research plan, “Developing Activity Theory & Co-Creation Value Framework for Cord Blood Centre: The Case of Establishing the First National Stem Cell Registry in UAE ”, was the basis of the discussions between her and the CRADLE researchers. The discussions with docents Anu Kajamaa, Hannele Kerosuo, Hanna Toiviainen and Marianne Teräs were largely carried out in relation to the Change Laboratory method. With Professor Yrjö Engeström Al Hashimi discussed about her research plan and about the Double stimulation method, concept of a shared object and Co-configuration type of working.
“At my daily work I am heading the donor recruitment unit in the blood service in Dubai, and among others, my job is to educate potential public donors, expectant parents, about the importance of the cord blood stem cells donations. In my thesis I will focus on developing a framework using Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research to help different healthcare stakeholders’ participation and collaboration in promoting cord blood donation among potential public donors.”
“For us at CRADLE Al Hashimi’s topic is very interesting. It was good that she could visit us and discuss about her work here“, says Professor Yrjö Engeström, head of the CRADLE. “Actually, at the moment I am writing an article together with two Italian colleagues, Professor Giuseppe Scaratti and Doctoral student Silvia Ivaldi, on a Change Laboratory process conducted in the Italian blood donor service, AVIS.” These colleagues will spend several months at CRADLE in the Spring of 2016. Preliminary plans have been discussed also for Al Hashimi to come for a visit to CRADLE during the next Spring.
In addition to meeting CRADLE people, Al Hashimi visited also Finnish Stem Cell Registry during her stay in Helsinki. Discussions with Anne Arvola, Head of Stem Cell Services at the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service concerned about the history of the Stem Cell Registry in Finland. Arvola was able to give valuable information both on the Finnish experiences acquired and also on matters concerning, for example, the software when keeping of a register etc. Future cooperation was also preliminary discussed.
Fatma Al Hashimi presents her work at the CRADLE research seminar on Nov, the 24th. You can read her abstract here>>
Al Hashimi was involved in a number of activities in CRADLE research network during her stay, for example, she took part in the CRADLE Change Laboratory Reading group´s weekly meeting “Contradictions in activity” and was able to study Activity theory and the Change laboratory method through the Change Laboratory Reading Group’s study material in Moodle studying environment. Plans were made for her to participate via Skype to the next reading initiative of the Reading group, "Classics of the Activity Theory", starting in February 2016.
VUODEN AIKUISKOULUTTAJAKSI 2015 VALITTU ANU KAJAMAA!
ADULT EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2015 IS ANU KAJAMAA!
Aikuiskasvatuksen Kilta ry on palkinnut vuodesta 1993 lähtien aikuiskasvatuksen tai -koulutuksen alalla ansioituneen tahon Vuoden Aikuiskouluttajan arvonimellä.
Perusteet valinnallemme ovat seuraavat: Anu Kajamaalle: Aikuiskasvatuksen Killan sydäntä lämmitti erityisesti osoittamanne tahto kehittää aikuiskasvatusta kansainvälisenä kouluttajana, dosenttina ja tutkijana. Kiinnostuksenne näkyy toteuttamissanne useissa innovatiivisissa aikuiskoulutushankkeissa.
Opettajana, luennoitsijana ja pro-gradu ohjaajana olette olleet innostava, osallistava ja aidosti kiinnostunut työstänne ja kohtaamistanne ihmisistä. Aikuiskasvatuksen Kilta nimeää näistä syistä teidät Vuoden Aikuiskouluttajaksi ja kiittää menneistä ja tulevista vuosistanne ansiokkaana aikuiskouluttajana.
Iloisin terveisin, Killan hallitus
Aikuiskasvatuksen kilta has named, based on the recommendations we have received during this fall, Anu Kajamaa as The Adult Educator of the Year 2015.
Aikuiskasvatuksen Kilta ry has rewarded commendable adult educators since 1993 by naming the Adult Educator of the Year.
"We were impressed by Anu Kajamaas innovative work to improve adult education worldwide. She has a great attitude towards her work, co-workers and students. As an educator, docent and researcher she is inspirational. Kilta wants to thank her for her great work!
Congratulations to Anu!
With regards, Killan hallitus
LEENA KÄYHKÖ VÄITTELEE PERJANTAINA 4.12.2015 KLO 12:00
KM Leena Käyhkö väittelee 4.12.2015 kello 12 Helsingin yliopiston käyttäytymistieteellisessä tiedekunnassa aiheesta: "'Kivi kengässä' - opettajat yrittäjyyskasvatuksen kentällä. - Tutkimus koulun ja paikallisyhteisön kumppanuudesta" (Teachers in the field of entrepreneurship education. A study about partnership between school and local community).
Väitöstilaisuus järjestetään osoitteessa Metsätalo, sali 1, Unioninkatu 40.
Vastaväittäjänä on professori Jarna Heinonen, Turun yliopisto, ja kustoksena on professori Yrjö Engeström.
Väitöskirja on myös elektroninen julkaisu ja luettavissa E-Thesis -palvelussa.
GE WEI TAKES PART IN CONDUCTING A SCIENCE EDUCATION PROJECT IN BEIJING
Ge Wei, a visiting PhD student of CRADLE from Peking University, China, and a member of the GERG, Chinese Education Research group , was invited to participate in an international science education project under the framework of FINNABLE 2020, directed by Prof. Hannele Niemi.
From 21st to 28th of November, Ge Wei with two other researchers - post-doctoral researcher Veera Kallunki, and doctoral student Marianna Vivitsou - both from CICERO Learning network, spent a busy week in Beijing introducing digital story telling method in two primary schools as a part of the project.
Digital story telling was implemented as a new pedagogical method in science classroom teaching in two chosen schools, namely Jiaotong Primary School in Beijing and Fangcaodi International School in Beijing. At first the team from Finland introduced the school teachers digital story telling. After that the researchers observed and recorded the teachers’ experiments on implementing it in their actual teaching. Furthermore, the researcher team interviewed the participating teachers, students and the principals of the two schools.
In photo: Marianna Vivitsou, Teatcher Wang, Veera Kallunki and Ge Wei
Teacher Wang, director of science education in Jiaotong Primary School in Beijing, said, “ICT literacy is a fundamental skill for kids in the 21st century. As a science education teacher, I am very pleased to employ some new technologies into my teaching. Digital storytelling is a handy tool to express students’ learning outcomes, and it makes learning visible.”
In photo: ICT teachers of the Fangcaodi International School in Beijing
A large amount of data has been collected during the week in Peking. Ge Wei will start to analyze the data - the opportunities and challenges of blending new technologies with traditional class teaching - from the cultural-historical and activity theoretical perspective.
Next Spring, a comparative study on students’ learning achievements based on digital story telling will be conducted in two Finnish primary schools as well. In the meantime, the participating schools both in Finland and in China will start building friendship with their counterparts. The project is not only an academic initiative, but also a piece of cultural exchange between Finland and China.
A group of doctoral students started a Reading group on the book “The Change Laboratory - A Tool for Collaborative Development of Work and Education” (2013), Sense Publishers, written by Jaakko Virkkunen and Denise Shelley Newnham - in order to both understand better the basics of Activity Theory and the intervention method itself.
These students are:
- the three supervised in CRADLE: Päivikki Lahtinen (by docent Anu Kajamaa), Virpi Lund and Riitta Lumme (by docent Hannele Kerosuo)
- plus a remote member: a Brazilian doctoral student Deisi Becker, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS) who will visit CRADLE in a near future.
The promoter of the group is the post-doctoral researcher Daniele Morselli, working at the CRADLE for two years on a project financed by the European program Horizon 2020 within a Marie Curie post-doctoral research program. A part of this period will be spent at the Carlo D’Arco Technical Institute of Mantua, in the Lombardy region in Italy, where Daniele will facilitate a Change Laboratory intervention with teachers.
The reading group has consisted of eight weekly meetings between October and November, 2015. Deisi Becker has participated the meetings via Skype. The studies are supported by a Moodle made and maintained by the group. Each student is responsible for one meeting by introducing the concepts of the chapter to be read and the optional articles. The responsible one needs to provide also some questions to direct the discussion in the meetings. Two of the face-to-face—meetings were also supported by professors Miettinen and Engeström. It must be also mentioned that the participants will obtain 5 ECTS from these studies.
The doctoral students Päivikki Lahtinen and Virpi Lund comment that "The reading group has really helped us to understand the concepts. When we have read the chapters at first on our own, some things just don't make sense. But once we have discussed together the ideas in the Reading group, we have ended up to a more comprehensive understanding of the whole."
The reading group aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of the Activity Theory and Expansive Learning and giving the parttakers practical examples on how to conduct Change Laboratory workshops. The topics that have been discussed in the meetings are:
· The principles of the third generation of Activity Theory
· The cycle of expansive learning
· The object of activity
· The epistemological principles of formative interventions: historical-genetic generalizations, ascending from the abstract to the concrete, double stimulation
· Preparing a Change Laboratory intervention
· Carrying out a Change Laboratory: the tasks to stimulate expansive learning actions
· Examples of Change Laboratory interventions.
The good experience from the Reading group suggest that it will continue next year. This time on the second edition of the book "Learning by Expanding" (Engeström, 2015), Cambridge University press, a milestone for the scholars within Activity Theory.
CHALLENGES TO CREATE AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE IN THE CONTEXT OF MOBILE WORKERS: An analysis based on Activity Theory
Rosemary’s topic is ‘Challenges to create and share knowledge in the context of mobile workers: An analysis based on activity theory’. The abstract of Rosemary’s talk is here>>
The seminar is held in the IBS Meeting room 229 in the Psychologicum (Siltavuorenpenger 1 A) at 13:00
Everyone is very welcome!
TYÖELÄMÄN TUTKIMUSPÄIVÄT 2015 TAMPEREELLA 5.-6.11.2015
CRADLE Työelämän tutkimuspäivillä:
Teema 5: Työelämän organisaatiot, organisoituminen ja toimijuus/ Vihreää, vastuullista, kestävää työtä -työryhmä
Teema 6: Työelämän organisaatiot, organisoituminen ja toimijuus/ Tutkimukselliset kehitysmenettelyt työelämää tukevan johtamisen työkaluina -työryhmä
Päivi Ristimäki ( työryhmäkoordinaattori),
Teema 6: Työelämän organisaatiot, organisoituminen ja toimijuus/ Tutkimukselliset kehitysmenettelyt työelämää tukevan johtamisen työkaluina -työryhmä
PROFESSOR COLETTE DAUITE GIVES A SEMINAR IN CRADLE ON THE 30TH OF NOVEMBER
"Studying Human Development and Political Change"
“This presentation will focus on theory and method of “Dynamic Storytelling” for designs of practice and research in situations of major socio-political change. The concept “activity-meaning system design” guides this approach to studying human development as an interactive process among individuals, groups, and societies in crises, like armed conflict, displacement, migration, and policy reforms. Drawing on case studies across contemporary Europe, Latin America, and the United States, I will illustrate the integration of context, research design, and findings for developmental theory and practice. I very much welcome discussion of this approach and mutual interests.”
Colette Dauite is a Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York
The CRADLE research seminar is given on Monday, November 30, in IBS Meetingroom room 229 in the Psychologicum (Siltavuorenpenger 1 A) at 9:30.
Everyone is very welcome!
Professor Reijo Miettinen, IBS, CRADLE
ARTICLE BY KUKKA RANTA AND MIKAEL BRUNILA IN THE HELSINKI UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 7/2015
Doctoral Student Kukka Ranta and Master Student Mikael Brunila, working at the CRADLE Center on Learning in Productive Social Movements project headed by Professor Yrjö Engestöm, have published an article “Home in New York – if all goes well” in the Yliopisto Magazine 7/2015 at the University of Helsinki.
The article is about the New York City Community Land Initiative, a new coalition that is organizing low-income and homeless community members against homelessness and gentrification in one of the most unequal cities in the world that is also known as one of wealthiest centers in the Real Estate markets.
You can read the article in Finnish here: learningmovements.fi/blog
The project is part of the Adacemy of Finland Research Programme: Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills TULOS 2014–2017.
SATU-MARI JANSSON VÄITTELEE PERJANTAINA 13.11. 2015 KLO 12:00
KM Satu-Mari Jansson väittelee perjantaina 13.11. klo 12:00 Helsingin yliopiston Käyttäytymistieteellisessä tiedekunnassa aiheesta "Teatteri ja draama työn oppimismuotoina".
Jansson on opiskellut Kasvatuksen, koulutuksen ja oppimisen valtakunnallisen tohtoriohjelman (KASVA) osaohjelmassa Kehittävän työntutkimuksen ja aikuiskasvatustieteen tohtoriohjelma (KEHTY).
Väitöstilaisuus järjestetään perjantaina 13.11.2015 klo 12:00 osoitteessa Siltavuorenpenger 3 A, sali 302, 00170 Helsinki.
Vastaväittäjä on dosentti Pia Houni, Työterveyslaitos, ja kustos on professori Yrjö Engeström, CRADLE, Helsingin yliopisto.
Artikkeliväitöskirja julkaistaan Helsingin yliopiston Käyttäytymistieteiden laitoksen Kasvatustieteellisiä tutkimuksia -sarjassa (nro 262). Kirjaa myy Unigrafia.
Väitöskirja on myös elektroninen julkaisu ja luettavissa E-thesis -palvelussa.
CALL FOR SHORT PAPERS: EGOS 2016, NAPLES, ITALY: SUB-THEME 33: ACTIVITY THEORY AND ORGANIZATIONS
We are looking forward to receiving interesting short paper proposals to the forthcoming sub-theme 33: "Activity Theory and Organizations" taking place in the 32nd European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), in Naples, Italy, July 7-9, 2016.
- Professor Paul S. Adler (Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, US): "Alternative economic futures" and
- Professor Yrjö Engeström (CRADLE, University of Helsinki, Finland):
“Collaboration and expansive learning in productive social movements:
Lessons for organization studies”
Please view the description of the sub-theme>>
Submission period for short papers for the 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016
Started: October 1, 2015
Ends: Monday, JANUARY 11, 2016
Please note the Guidelines and criteria for the submission of short papers>>
If you have any questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes, convenors of the sub-theme 33,
Yrjö Engeström, Anu Kajamaa & Zlatko Bodrožić
YRJÖ ENGESTRÖM'S PRESENTATION AT CIDREE MEETING IN UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Yrjö Engeström's presentation “What is worth learning?” at CIDREE Meeting in Utrech, Netherlands in October 2015 can be seen in Youtube.
CALL FOR NORDIC ISCAR OPENS NOVEMBER THE 1ST
Dear Cradle colleagues, the conference website of the 7th Nordic Conference on Cultural and Activity Research is now open.
· Call for Papers Open: November 1st 2015
· Submission deadline: January 15th 2016
Hanna Toiviainen, Member of the Scientific committee
PROFESSOR YRJÖ ENGESTRÖM’S EARLI 2015 KEYNOTE AVAILABLE IN YOUTUBE
The title of the keynote is “Expansive learning across time, space, and hierarchical levels”. It was held in EARLI conference in Limassol, Cyprus, on the 28th of August, 2015.
REUNION BETWEEN TAIPEI AND HELSINKI CHANGE LABRATORY TEAMS
Remember the news about the seminar on Change Laboratory method held by UH IBS CRADLE last March?
It was a seminar where several cross disciplinary teams from five continents studied together the Change Laboratory method in Helsinki - among them there were two teams interested in school development - the University of Helsinki team and the Taipei team.
After this intensive week both the Taipei and Helsinki teams have been implementing the plans made in the seminar in their own school settings.
The two teams got together again in Helsinki on the
21th of August to discuss on their experiences of the Change Laboratory implementations.
The two teams´ cooperation had started already in the March seminar when they teamed up around school development. They decided to share their experiences in the future - and the August reunion was the first step in realizing the original idea of collaboration.
The Taipei team brought with them a group of Taipei city decision makers in education development to Helsinki. In order to give all the participant “an original experience”, the reunion started with an introduction of The Change Laboratory intervention method idea by Professor Yrjö Engeström. This was followed by a presentation of The Helsinki case “Viikki teacher training school Pedalaboratory” and The Taipei team’s case “Change Laboratory implementation in Taipei Zhong-Zheng Senior High School”. Discussion on these two cases was highly productive.
The teams got insightful comments and feedback for their work both from CRADLE representatives and from the Taipei delegation.
Members of the Taipei Change Laboratory team are: Principal Feili Chien, Professor Peiying Chen, Paul Hsu and doctoral student Hongda Lin from CRADLE Members of the Helsinki Change Laboratory team are: Professor Lasse Lipponen and doctoral students Jaakko Hilppö, Antti Rajala and Katri Riisla; and Dr. Anu Kajamaa from CRADLE.
Deputy Commissioner of City Department of Education Ho Yajiuan, Chief of Information Education Division Chen Suhui, Sector Chief Cho I-Ping, Principal Yang Shihruey, Principal Wu Lee-Ching, Principal Chiu Shu-Chuan, Principal Chou Wu-Chu, Principal Lo Mayere, Principal Gau Song-Jing, Division Chief of Taipei First Girls High School Chen Wen-Ching.
CRADLE: Professor Engeström, Professor emeritus Jaakko Virkkunen and Academy Research fellow Annalisa Sannino.
The CRADLE Research seminar was held on the 21 of August. The Taipei delegation visited Helsinki with an intensive timetable between 20. and 25.8.2015.
CRADLE VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA
Yrjö Engeström and Annalisa Sannino visited South Africa, July 26-August 9, 2015.
They worked with colleagues at Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), the School of Education at University of Cape Town, the Fundani Centre for Higher Education and the Work-Integrated Learning Research Unit at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the Association for Water and Rural Development.
Stetsenko is known in the field of theoretical and philosophical Psychology as well as Vygotsky’s developmental theory with an interest in the intersection of human development, education and social theory.
Professor Stetsenko’ s talk "Transformative Activist Stance: Implications for Learning, Agency and Identity" is based on two recent publications which are titled: “Theory for and as Social Practice of Realizing the Future Implications from a Transformative Activist Stance” and “The Serious Joy and the Joyful Work of Play: Children Becoming Agentive Actors in Co-Authoring Themselves and Their World Through Play”.
Stetsenko is a professor in the Ph.D. Programs in Human Development and in Urban Education, at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
The CRADLE Research seminar is given on Monday, September 21, in Lecture room 166 in the Athena building (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A) from 9:30 on.
Everyone is very welcome!
Työterveyslaitos järjestää Ongelmista oivalluksiin –koulutuksen 30.9.-1.10. , jossa muuttuvaa työtä ja työhyvinvointia tarkastellaan kehittämisen näkökulmasta (kehittävä työntutkimus taustateoriana). Ilmoittautuminen on 15.9.mennessä. Alla on lisää tietoa, jota voi myös välittää eteenpäin.
Muutokset sekä niiden mukanaan tuomat
ongelmat ja häiriöt ovat työn todellisuutta.
- Ne ovat kuitenkin myös mahdollisuus, yhteisen työn
Ongelmista oivalluksiin I - Työkaluja muuttuvan työn hallintaan ja kehittämiseen
Koulutuksen tavoitteena on:
- auttaa luomaan kokonaiskuvaa muutoksesta
- tarjota osallistujalle välineitä edistää työn sujuvuutta ja mielekkyyttä muutoksessa
- tarkastelemaan työtoimintaa kokonaisuutena
- löytämään uusia kehittämisen mahdollisuuksia
EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF SCIENCE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION: AN ACTIVITY-THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE
Yrjö Engeström gives a keynote presentation at 11th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) in Helsinki, September 1, 2015 on the topic “Expanding the scope of science education: An activity-theoretical perspective”
EXPANSIVE LEARNING ACROSS TIME, SPACE, AND HIERARCHICAL LEVELS
NEW BOOK BY MUTIZWA MUKUTE: DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH - A BOOK FOR ENABLING COLLECTIVE AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION
There is a new book published by Wageningen Academic P u b l i s h e r s
• © 2015
• 164 pages
• ISBN: 978-90-8686-273-3
• e-book ISBN: 978-90-8686-819-3
• EUR 48 - 66 USD
Agriculture provides food and nutrition for all people and raw materials for industry. It is the source of employment and livelihoods for the majority of people in developing countries – including much of Sub-Saharan Africa. But agriculture faces sustainability and viability challenges, notably declining production and productivity, food and nutrition insecurity, and conflicting research and development approaches. Solutions to the challenges require innovation that involves transdisciplinary effort and multiple stakeholders.
The Developmental Work Research (DWR) methodology enables practitioners, content and process specialists to work together and develop solutions that overcome complex agriculture challenges. DWR provides conceptual tools that utilise the distributed cognition and volition of agricultural stakeholders to produce lasting solutions. This book discusses the DWR methodology and how it can and has been used to facilitate collective innovation, transform agricultural practices, improve the livelihoods of farming communities and the land. It draws on DWR-inspired case studies in southern Africa, Finland and New Zealand.
"Mutizwa Mukute has written a much-needed introduction to developmental work research. The
book is theoretically and methodologically sophisticated, yet solidly grounded in practice. It provides an excellent basis for conducting research and formative interventions in the domain of agricultural innovations, and beyond."
Professor and Director of CRADLE, University of Helsinki
There is a new book just published by Sense:
Working and Learning in Times of Uncertainty - Challenges to Adult, Professional and Vocational Education Edited by Sandra Bohlinger, Ulrika Haake, Christian Helms Jørgensen, Hanna Toiviainen (CRADLE), and Andreas Wallo
This book is an outcome of cooperation by the ESREA network on Work-life Learning editors being the members of the network convener group.
You can find two chapters authored by the Cradle researchers:
Chapter 2. Configurations of Learning in Global Work - Hanna Toiviainen Chapter 9. Dilemmas in Automation Engineers' Daily Work and the Changing Form of Learning - Kirsi Kallio
DR. ANU KAJAMAA PARTICIPATED TO THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT IN CANADA
Dr. Anu Kajamaa (CRADLE) took part to the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) August, 07-11, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her two papers were accepted to the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) interest group and Health Care Management (HCM) division. The SAP division where Kajamaa presented a paper co-authored with Professor Eero Vaara from Aalto University School of Business (Finland) concerned the theme "Making Sense of Change". The HCM group was about "Navigating the Choppy Waters of Healthcare Process Improvement". For this group, Kajamaa's paper was co-authored with Professor Yrjö Engeström (CRADLE). The annual meeting included exciting professional development workshops, symposia, paper presentations and distinguished keynotes and had altogether 10600 participants from all over the world. The AOM was a great opportunity for learning, knowledge sharing and networking. For further information see: http://aom.org/annualmeeting/overview/
WORK 2015 19.-21.8.2015 in TURKU
A group of researchers from CRADLE participated in the Work 2015 conference, University of Turku 19.-21.8.2015
Hanna Toiviainen(UH, IBS, CRADLE) and Kirsi Niinimäki from Aalto university gave a presentation titled "New meanings of work in a digital printing network" based on a new research project DigiPrintNetwork.
Doctoral student Heli Heikkilä from FIOH / Finnish Institute of Occupational Health gave a presentation titled "Experiences of meaningfulness in changing work - Developmental dialogue as a method for reconstructing meaning in elderly care". The presentation is a part of the ongoing research project TOIMI (2014-2015), and it was co-authored with project manager Hilkka Ylisassi.
EntreLab, MARIE CURIE PROJECT FOR IN SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
EntreLab is a new model for in service teacher training based on the Change Laboratory workshops to educate vocational students to the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, which is defined as the ability to turn ideas into action.
The project is financed by the European program Horizon 2020 within a Marie Curie post doctoral scholarship, which is granted to the most promising researchers and the best research ideas.
The University of Helsinki will be the host institution while University Ca’ Foscari of Venice will be the partner institution.
Professors Yrjö Engeström, the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning CRADLE , the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki, and Max Costa , the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University, will be the supervisors of the Marie Curie project.
Go to the full description of the initiative at Univirtual.it
ACTIVITY THEORY AND ORGANIZATIONS SUB-THEME TOOK PLACE AT THE 31st EGOS COLLOQIUM IN ATHENS, GREECE
"Activity Theory and Organizations" sub-theme took place at the 31st European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium in July 2-4th, 2015 in Athens, Greece. The participants of the sub-theme were from twelve different countries from across the world. Yrjö Engeström, Anu Kajamaa and Zlatko Bodrožić were the organizers and convenors of the sub-theme. There were 33 paper presentations and two keynotes in the sub-theme. The keynotes were given by Hannele Kerosuo & Reijo Miettinen (University of Helsinki, CRADLE), entitled "From an idea to transformative experimentation: The concept of knotworking in construction industry" and by Giuseppe Scaratti, (Catholic University of Milan, Italy): "The Change Laboratory mirroring as a dialogical
process: Learning from Bakhtin". The sub-theme "Activity Theory and Organizations" will take place for the fifth time next year at the 32nd EGOS Colloquium in July 7-9, 2016 in Naples, Italy. The call for short papers will be announced soon. For more information see:
EGOS 2016, Naples:
CRADLE DOCTORAL STUDENTS AND RESEACHERS TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL SEMINAR OF FinEd/KASVA NETWORK
This year the Annual Seminar of FinEd/KASVA Network took place in June 9-10,in an old fisherman’s village Herrankukkaro in Rymättylä. The two-day seminar was especially dedicated to questions of comparative education, comparative education research and policy studies, and on the transformations of the governance of education in Europe. CRADLE researchers Anu Kajamaa and Sami Paavola chaired two sessions on “Cultural historical activity theory”, where participants the topic of the seminar from the standpoints of cultural-historical activity theory. During the session, four current CRADLE doctoral candidates presented the following papers:
- Monic Lemos “Collaborative Agency in Educational Management: a Possibility of School and Community Transformation”
- Hongda Lin “Remaking a Policy Instrument in the Educational Field – Developing an Idea of School Transformation”
- Yuri Lapshin “School Team Agency Improvement Through Collective Concept Formation”
- Liubov Vetoshkina “Manifestations of Contradictions in Physical Actions: a Methodological Proposal”.
Also two visiting PhD student from Brazil, Adriane Cenci ( Federal University of Pelotas) and Manoela Gomes (University of São Paulo), presented their papers “The Challenge of Inclusive Education in a Brazilian School” and “Collective Learning Process To Prevent New Accidents in Airport Construction”, in the sessions.
More information on FinEd/KASVA Network
CRADLE AND CHANGE LABORATORY AT THE HELSINKI UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 5/2015
The Helsinki University magazine 5/2015 made a cover story on the international Change Laboratory seminar that was organized in March 2015 by the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning CRADLE, and was led by professor Yrjö Engeström.
CHANGE THE WORLD! COVER 5/2015 | What connects South African farms, evening shift at the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Japanese earthquakes and tomato breeders in a Finnish town Närpiö. Problems of each of these have been solved in the change laboratory at the University of Helsinki.
LEARNING IN PRODUCTIVE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS PROJECT HAS A NEW WEBSITE!
Welcome to follow the work of the project Learning in Productive Social Movements, headed by Professor and Director of CRADLE Yrjö Engeström. The project is part of the Adacemy of Finland Research Programme: Future of Learning, Knowledge and SkillsTULOS 2014–2017.
Doctoral Candidate Juhana Rantavuori is currently fieldworking with the Urban Co-Operative Farm in Helsinki. Doctoral Student Kukka Ranta and Master Student Mikael Brunila have been working recently with the New York City Community Land Initiative.
DR ANU KAJAMAA VISITED MCGILL UNIVERSITY IN MONTREAL, CANADA
Dr. Anu Kajamaa is a partner in an ongoing research project on "Emerging organisational practices: Lessons from radical hospital re-structuring" led by Professor Samer Faraj and Assistant Professor Peter Nugus at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. During her visit (25th-30th May) to McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, Kajamaa exchanged ideas with Faraj, Nugus and their colleagues and gave a presentation in their project seminar. Kajamaa was also an invited participant and a speaker in an international symposium on "Video ethnography and care coordination" held during 28th-29h of May, hosted by the Centre for Medical Education and the Department of Family Medicine, McGill University. Researchers, Canadian policy personnel and clinician-managers participated to the symposium.
International guests included: Henk Nies (Netherlands), Matthew Cooke (UK), Katherine Carroll (US), Anu Kajamaa (Finland) and David Greenfield (Australia). The symposium contributed to development of innovative methods to understand and resolve challenges of care coordination in contemporary health systems.
HANNA TOIVIAINEN IN EUCOSH PROJECT "TRAIN-THE-TRAINERS" IN SUZHOU, CHINA
"Following one theoretical and one practical module of a “train the trainers” programme for OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) trainers working in the Chinese non-coal mining sector, the EUCOSH project brought 24 safety trainers together in Suzhou from the 13th to the 24th of April, 2015. The trainers completed the third and final module of the programme, supported by international training expert Hanna Toiviainen and national experts in training and subject matter specialists in OSH.
For the first five days, the participants presented on their experiences implementing new learner-centred training approaches with revised content in their own teaching during the practical module of the programme. Each day also involved discussions between participants on how to prepare curricula for revised courses, and how to incorporate less didactic and prescriptive training into a Chinese context.
During the second week of the course, participants attended advanced training activities to further develop their understanding of EU best practices in both pedagogy and OSH."
See more: Photographs from the training session
Hanna will take part also in another “Train the Trainers” course of the EUCOSH later this summer. The course takes place in 27.7.-7.8.2015.
KUKKA RANTA DEBATED ON ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Kukka Ranta, doctoral student at the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning CRADLE, debated on academic research and activism on Tuesday, May 19, at the University in the Society, Researcher as an activist Seminar, organized by the Research Center AGORA for the Study of Social Justice & Equality in Education and the Free University of Finland.
Kukka Ranta presented the project Learning in Productive Social Movements,headed by Director of CRADLE, Professor Yrjö Engeström. Ranta talked about her role as a researcher and activist working with different social movements relating to housing and land rights in the global north and global south, soon after returning from New York where she realized the first fieldwork period in collaboration with the New York City Community Land Initiative coalition.
The project is funded by the Adacemy of Finland and is part of the Research Programme: Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills TULOS 2014–2017.
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR ON TWO BRAZILIAN CHANGE LABORATORIES ON JUNE 4
Dear colleagues, on Thursday, June 4, from 10:00 on in the library room 334 of Athena building (3rd floor), there will be a CRADLE research seminar on two Change Laboratory interventions in Brazil. Here are the abstracts of the two presentations:
An intervention to improve the process of inclusive education in a Brazilian School by Adriane Cenci, Federal University of Pelotas
The inclusion of special needs students in Brazil, which has been intensified from 2008 on, when a new Policy was implemented, has questioned the efficacy of Brazilian educational system regarding the universal right to education. The objective of the research was to analyze the process of inclusion implementation in order to improve it by intervening in a group composed by eleven 6th grade teachers, a special education teacher, a pedagogical coordinator and an educational counselor of a public school in Southern Brazil. The intervention has been based on the Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, and was inspired by Change Laboratory methodology. Such methodology is based on the idea of expansive learning, which proposes the collective creation of new learning to deal with the contradictions faced in an activity system. Inclusive education has been a challenge to this school and its teachers: most of them were dealing with it for the first time. Ten group sessions were carried out from March to December 2014. The first findings reveal the multiple ways inclusion was understood by the subjects: a) as a possibility of learning; b) as a farce (students with special needs are in regular schools, but without the adequate support to engage in the learning process); c) and as a process full of contradictions (most of them related to evaluation, to the working conditions they have at school, and to student diversity). The group believed that, by simply attending regular school, a student could be considered included. During the sessions, this belief was challenged and there was an attempt to focus on student learning. The changes in this respect have been small. However, it is important to show, from teachers’ perspective, the daily problems they face to manage a diverse group of students.
Formative intervention to prevent accidents in airport building process: A historical analysis by Manoela Lopes, University of São Paulo
A building collapse occurred during the construction of a new terminal airport in Brazil. The collapse is one of the worst safety scenarios in civil construction. These accidents analyses are traditionally based on methods which are restricted to the immediate causes and they are not capable of detecting the underlying causes of accidents. Based on this, the Change Laboratory method was conducted to help actors to learn and reformulate the activity system of construction to prevent new accidents in the future. This presentation will focus on the preliminary historical analysis of this construction site.
EVERYBODY IS VERY WELCOME TO COME AND DISCUSS THESE TWO HIGHLY INTERESTING FORMATIVE INTERVENTIONS!
POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP POSITION
Title: Change Laboratory as a methodology for intervention on working accidents prevention
- Scholarship lead-time: 24th months
- Field of knowledge: Worker Health, Public Health
- FAPESP number of process: 12/04721-1
- Project title: Work accident: from social technical analysis toward social construction of changes
- Area of study: Worker Health, Public Health, Ergonomic Work Analysis
- Principal Investigator: Prof. Rodolfo Andrade de Gouveia Vilela
- Institution: School of Public Health – São Paulo University – USP (Brazil)
- Application lead-time: 2015, May 18
- Published in: 2015, April 10
Work-related accidents are the most important harms to workers’ health in Brazil. Official data show a true epidemic with major costs in human, social and financial terms to companies and government. Working accidents are complex, multi-causal phenomena, determined by causes in the sphere of work’s organization and processes; this statement goes against the paradigm of behavioral safety, that assign them to workers’ mistakes, in an approach that hinders their prevention. The scholarship aims to assist in the construction testing and deployment methodology of organization diagnosis linked to the change of priority hazardous situations objectives. The objective of the Scholarship project is to test, evaluate, develop and disseminate methodology of Change Laboratory as a tool to surveillance and prevent accidents and diseases at Brazilian reality. The strategy encompasses the diagnostics steps involving understanding, at work, the determinants of the risks of accidents and others hazards, using a combination of methods of in-depth study of the accidents and diseases resulting from the work process as, among others, the Model for Analysis and Accident Prevention- MAPA, the Ergonomic Analysis of Activity and Collective Work Analysis, that will serve as basis for formative interventions and creating solutions with Change Laboratory (CL) method. As a result it is expected the construction of knowledge and development of innovative technologies the enable the diagnosis of the relationships - work and accident risk – associated with the social construction of effective change and redesign of pathogenic and dangerous work situations.
- PhD on research lines: Worker Health, Public Health or Ergonomic (will take priority).
- Candidates who already an estimate of his doctoral thesis defense date are welcome to sign up. Please send the short letter and curriculum vitae via e-mail.
Contact: Prof. Rodolfo Andrade de Gouveia Vilela
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Subject: PD Prevenção de Acidente de Trabalho
- Futher information on research group activities:
PROFESSOR SYLVIE BARMA GIVES A SEMINAR IN CRADLE ON MARCH 31 AT 13:30
Professor Sylvie Barma from Laval University, Canada (and Visiting Professor in our Faculty of Behavioural Sciences) will give a seminar "The 'rationality island' teaching task: A promising avenue for the engagement of students in theoretical generalization" on Tuesday, March 31, at 13:30 in the library room of CRADLE (Athena building, 3rd floor).
Our presentation will focus on the results of a two-year formative intervention (2010-2012) conducted in Quebec with two science teachers and 256 students where the object activity aimed at promoting student's autonomy in debating the socio-scientific issue of climate change. We will discuss the relevance of viewing science education as a means for the development of a person's capacity, in a socio-technical society, to build for him/herself a field of autonomy, communication and negotiation with his/her environment. As a science education researcher working with CHAT, we will also discuss implications of the theoretical framework when reflecting on the nature of scientific knowledge production whether in the scientist's lab or in the students' classrooms.
In the light of our results, the teaching/learning task, namely the 'rationality island' introduced in the activity system of the science students, was a promising tool for the fostering of theoretical generalization. A rationality island is a metaphor used to represent how students elaborate an island of informed opinion in an ocean of ignorance in response to a broad question. Students worked in teams and their representation of climate change evolved over the weeks. Their productions document diversity in the way they selected scientific criteria and concepts to form their opinion. In the light of CHAT, our results document the importance of considering the nature of knowledge production in science education as a dialectical praxis where theory and practice are intertwined.
DR. ANU KAJAMAA APPOINTED DOCENT
The Chancellor of University of Helsinki has appointed CRADLE's Dr. Anu Kajamaa Docent of learning and organizational change in the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences.
In Finland, the academic title of docent ('dosentti') may be awarded for life to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of his or her own field, a capacity for independent research demonstrated through publications and other merits, and good teaching and supervision skills.
See Anu Kajamaa's research profile at:
Her doctoral dissertation (published in 2011) is available at:
CRADLE research center organized an international course on the Change Laboratory method for research and development teams at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki. This new kind of intensive course was offered to teams that already had a preliminary agreement on and plan for a Change Laboratory intervention in a work organization. Ten teams including 30 participants were accepted to the course. The participants were Professors, PhDs and Doctoral Students from 5 continents, and 8 countries representing 11 nationalities. The instructors of the course were course leader, Professor Emeritus Jaakko Virkkunen, Professor Yrjö Engeström, Postdoctoral Researcher, course coordinator Anu Kajamaa, Academy Research Fellow Annalisa Sannino and Researcher PhD. Hannele Kerosuo.
The course contained lectures on the Change Laboratory method, application exercises in teams and group discussions with the team’s dedicated tutor and social events. Each team planned a Change Laboratory intervention during the course and will carry it out during the next months in its research site. The topics of the forthcoming interventions are rather diverse: Developing rain water harvesting and conservation as part of sustainable agriculture (South Africa), School development, special education and teacher education development (Sweden, Canada, USA, Taiwan and Finland), Occupational and primary health care development (Sweden and Brazil), Community support on disseminating knowledge on earthquake-disaster (Japan) and the implementation of a digital building information management system
(BIM) and Lean Construction in a construction project (Canada).
The course included lectures on topics: Change Laboratory as an application of the basic principles of formative interventions, How to define the object, stakeholders and participants of a Change Laboratory, Planning a Change Laboratory as an expansive learning process, Planning tasks of questioning, Planning and carrying out Change Laboratory sessions, Historical analysis and the modeling of contradictions, Planning tasks of actual-empirical analysis, Constructing a new model for the activity, Experimentation, implementation and follow-up and Analysis of a completed Change Laboratory intervention. The course was evaluated by the participants as excellent (5/5 points).
HELI KAATRAKOSKI (CRADLE) AND JOHANNA LAHIKAINEN (HULib) GAVE A TALK IN A SEMINAR: "EMBEDDED LIBRARIANSHIP"
PhD Student Heli Kaatrakoski from CRADLE and Chief Information Specialist Johanna Lahikainen from the Helsinki University Library gave a talk on 16th of March 2015 in a seminar "Embedded Librarianship" which was organised by The Finnish Research Library Association. The title of the talk was Solmutyöskentelyä tutkijoiden kanssa - Knotworking with researchers.
CRADLE RESEARCH SEMINAR WITH SIMANGELE MAYISELA TOMORROW
Dear colleagues, tomorrow, Wednesday March 11, from 13:30 on, we will have a CRADLE research seminar in the 3rd floor library room of Athena building.
The speaker will be Simangele Mayisela from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her topic is Corporal punishment: The cultural-historical practices of teachers in a South African primary school.
Here you find an abstract for Simangele's talk.
EVERYBODY IS VERY WELCOME!
TWO PHD DISSERTATIONS FROM CRADLE`S DOCTORAL PROGRAM
Dear colleagues, the following two new PhD dissertations originating from CRADLE's doctoral program have been formally submitted and will be defended this year:
- Tanja Rokkanen's dissertation "Työterveyshuollon ja työpaikan yhteistyö työpaikan tarpeiden arvioinnissa” ("Collaboration between workplace health and the workplace in the assessment of the needs of the work community"; in Finnish) will be defended on May 22 in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Tampere. Tanja's supervisor has been Docent Kirsti Launis. The official opponent of Tanja's thesis will be Professor Emerita Paula Liukkonen from University of Stockholm, Sweden.
- Satu-Mari Jansson's dissertation "Teatteri ja draama työn oppimismuotoina" ("Theatre and drama as forms of learning in organisational contexts"; in Finnish) has been submitted for evaluation in the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at University of Helsinki. Satu-Mari's supervisors have been Professor Yrjö Engeström, Professor Emeritus Jaakko Virkkunen and Docent Hanna Toiviainen. The official pre-examiners of the thesis are Professor Arja Ropo from University of Tampere and Academy Research Fellow Teija Löytönen from Aalto University.
These will be the 34th and 35th doctoral dissertations from our program. Congratulations to Tanja and Satu-Mari!
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: RWL 2015, SYMPOSIUM ON ACTIVITY THEORY, LEARNING AND WORK
This is a Call for abstracts for the “Activity theory, learning and work” symposium, to be held at the 9th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning in Singapore, 9‒12 December 2015.
Deadline for submission: Thursday, March 5, 2015
The first double symposium on “Activity theory, learning and work” was held at the previous RWL conference, which took place in Stirling, UK, in 2013. It consisted of five invited paper presentations. It was praised by the audience, and truly merits continuation.
This time, the contributions will be gathered through an open call for abstracts. We invite interesting short paper proposals regarding research that applies and further develops cultural-historical activity theory in studies on learning and work in different cultural contexts. The papers should also be in line with the general theme of the conference: “Work and Learning in the Era of Globalisation: Challenges for the 21st Century”. The socio-cultural and cultural-historical approaches to studying these issues are already mentioned as a sub-theme of the conference.
If you are interested in presenting your paper at the symposium, kindly send your abstract of 300 words to Marika Schaupp (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 5, 2015.
If we receive many high quality proposals, we will propose a double symposium or a series of symposia for the conference. We will notify the writers of the selected abstracts by March 20. The deadline for submissions for the conference is March 31.
For further information about the RWL conference please see:
If you have any questions please contact: email@example.com
Yrjö Engeström, Peter Sawchuk & Marika Schaupp
PROFESSOR UESAKA AND DR. GOTO GIVE A SEMINAR IN CRADLE ON FEB. 12
Professor Yuri Uesaka (University of Tokyo) and Dr. Ikuko Goto (Ochanomizu University) will give a seminar in the CRADLE (library room 334 of the 3rd floor in the Athena building) from 13:00 on Thursday, February 12. The topic of the seminar is emergent collaboration between students who want to become teachers, practitioners who hope to enhance the quality of the education for pre-service teachers, and researchers who try to implement research findings in real educational settings.
The titles of the talks are:
Ikuko Goto: Development of Internship Program for Pre-service Teachers: Focusing on "Emergent Collaboration"
Yuri Uesaka: What Do Researchers Gain by Participating in "Emergent Collaboration"?
Everyone is very welcome!
TEKESIN SIVUILLA ANU KAJAMAAN HAASTATTELU
Tekesin verkkosivuilla Tulokset ja vaikutukset on CRADLE:n tutkijatohtori Anu Kajamaan haastattelu julkisen terveydenhuollon johtamis- ja kehittämishaasteista otsakkeella "Helsingin yliopisto: Terveydenhoito kaipaa tiimihenkeä ja hierarkian purkua".
- Rantavuori, J., Engeström, Y., & Lipponen, L. (2016). Learning actions, objects and types of interaction: A methodological analysis of expansive learning among pre-service teachers. Frontline Learning Research, 4(3), 1-27.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14786/flr.v4i3.174
- Korpela, J., Miettinen, R., Salmikivi , T., & Ihalainen, J. 2015. The challenges and potentials of utilizing building information modeling in facility management. The case of the Center for Property and facilities of the University of Helsinki. Construction Management and Economies 33(1), 3-17. Publication >>
- Kerosuo, H., Miettinen, R., Paavola, S., Mäki, T. & Korpela, J. 2015. Challenges of the expansive use of Building Information Modeling in construction projects. Production 25(2), 289-297.Publication >>
- Miettinen, R., Tuunainen, J. & E. Esko (2015). Epistemological, Artefactual and Interactional–Institutional Foundations of Social Impact of Academic Research. Minerva 53(3), 257-277 Publication>>
- Sannino, A. (2015). The principle of double stimulation: A path to volitional action. Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction, 6, 1-15. Publication >>
- Sannino, A. (2015). Double stimulation in the waiting experiment with collectives. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-015-9324-4 Publication >>
- Sannino, A. & Vainio, J. (2015). Gendered hegemony and its contradictions among Finnish university physicists. Gender and Education. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2015.1045455 Publication>>
- Kerosuo H., Miettinen, R., Paavola S., & Mäki T., (2015). Challenges of the expansive1 use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction projects. Production Journal, vol.25, n.2, p.289-297, 2015Publication>>
- Engeström Y., Kajamaa A., Lahtinen P. & Sannino A. (2015). Toward a Grammar of Collaboration, Mind, Culture, and Activity, 22:2, 92-111, DOI:10.1080/10749039.2015.1024326 Publication>>
- Schulz, K-P., Kajamaa, A. & Kerosuo, H. (2015). Creating innovative work practices through reflexive interventions. International Journal of Work Innovation 1 (2): 143 - 160. DOI: 10.1504/IJWI.2015.071193 Publication >>
- Seppänen, L. (2015). Review of 'Collaborative projects: an interdisciplinary study'. Book edited by Andy Blunden. Outlines - Critical Practice Studies, 16(1), 93-97. Publication >>
- Vänninen I., Pereira-Querol M., Engeström Y. (2015). Generating transformative agency among horticultural producers: An activity-theoretical approach to transforming Integrated Pest Management Original Research Article. Agricultural Systems, Volume 139, October 2015, Pages 38-49 Publication>>
- Kerosuo, H. (2015). BIM-based collaboration across organizational and disciplinary boundaries through knotworking. 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Procedia Economics and Finance, 21, 201-208.Publication>>
- Mäki, T. (2015) Multi-disciplinary discourse on design-related issues in construction site meetings. 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Procedia Economics and Finance, 21, 231-238. Publication>>
- Mäki, T. and Kerosuo, H. (2015) Site managers' daily work and the uses of building information modelling in construction site. Construction Management and Economics, published on line 5 May, 2015. Publication>>
- Special issue on Transformative Agency and Double Stimulation in the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, guest edited by Annalisa Sannino. Publication >>
- Kajamaa, A. (2014) Collaborative Work Development as a Resource for Innovation and Quality Improvement in Health Care: An Example from a Hospital Surgery. Publication >>
- Engeström, Y.; Sannino, A.; Virkkunen, J. (2014) On the methodological demands of formative interventions, Mind, Culture, and Activity Publication >>
- Miettinen, R.; Paavola S. (2014) Beyond the BIM utopia: Approaches to the development and implementation of building information modeling, Automation in Construction. Publication >>
- Toiviainen, Hanna (2014). Interventions for Learning at Global Workplaces (Chapter 13, pages 214-227) in Publication >>