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:
INTERNATIONAL COURSE ON THE CHANGE LABORATORY METHOD FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TEAMS, 2-6. 2015, HELSINKI, FINLAND
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".
- Special issue on Transformative Agency and Double Stimulation in the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, guest edited by Annalisa Sannino.
- Kajamaa, A. (2014) Collaborative Work Development as a Resource for Innovation and Quality Improvement in Health Care: An Example from a Hospital Surgery
- Engeström, Y.; Sannino, A.; Virkkunen, J. (2014) On the methodological demands of formative interventions, Mind, Culture, and Activity
- Miettinen, R.; Paavola S. (2014) Beyond the BIM utopia: Approaches to the development and implementation of building information modeling, Automation in Construction.