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.
FORTHCOMING CRADLE EVENTS IN SHORT
Professor Colette Dauite gives a seminar in CRADLE on the 30th of November
A CRADLE READING GROUP ON THE VIRKKUNEN/ SHELLEY NEWNHAMN CHANGE LABORATORY BOOK
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 Francisco from Unisinos University, Brazil, will give a talk in a CRADLE research seminar on Monday, November 16.
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) from 13:00 to 15:00.
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 seminar is given on Monday, November 30, in IBS Meetingroom room 229 in the Psychologicum (Siltavuorenpenger 1 A) from 9:30 to 12:00.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
Members of the Taipei City delegation are: 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.
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.
PROFESSOR ANNA STETSENKO GIVES A SEMINAR IN UH IBS CRADLE ON THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER
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.
A seminar is given on Monday, September 21, in Lecture room 166 in the Athena building (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A) from 9:30 to 12:00.
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 to 12:45, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 to 15:00, 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 (email@example.com) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 to 14:30 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".
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