What is the CRADLE?

The purpose of CRADLE is to create a strong research community with high international impact, a national and international cradle of activity-theoretical and socio-cultural research. Within CRADLE, the following five professors each lead their respective focal research area:

  • Yrjö Engeström
    New Forms of Work and Learning
  • Kai Hakkarainen
    Collective Intelligence
  • Reijo Miettinen
    Distributed Innovations and Transformation of Research Work
  • Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen
    Craft, Design, and Learning
  • Jaakko Virkkunen
    Interventions for the Formation of New Concepts in Organizations

The Center is responsible for the Doctoral Program of Adult Education and Developmental Work Research (part of the national graduate school of educational research FiDPEL ) as well as for the Master’s Program of Adult Education and Work Development (ATMO).

The research foci of CRADLE include:

  • Human activity in societal and cultural contexts across everyday life, school, work, and communities of science and culture
  • Technology-intensive knowledge practices in educational systems and working life; expansion and augmentation of human activity potentials by relying on collaborative learning supported by information and communication technologies
  • Learning in developmental and longitudinal perspective
  • Expansive learning associated with radical transformations of activity concepts
  • Human activity in heterogeneous networks that break organizational, institutional, cultural, and national boundaries by means of various epistemic instruments
  • New forms of work and organization of activity within a globalizing world; human potentials of guiding the development of their activities within global organizations
  • Pursuit of innovation, design and social creativity as challenges of work and learning
  • New potentials, instruments, and forms of agency and collaboration

CRADLE is focused on reciprocal interaction between theory and practice. Many investigations of CRADLE are formative interventions that use, among others, the Change Laboratory method. CRADLE works in a close collaboration with work organizations, educational institutions, and organizations pursuing investigative developmental consulting.

Recent Publications

  • Kaatrakoski, H., & Lahikainen, J., "What We Do Every Day Is Impossible": Managing Change by Developing a
    Knotworking Culture in an Academic Library, The Journal of Academic Librarianship (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.001 Publication>>
  • Kajamaa, A. & Lahtinen, P. (2016). Carnivalization as a new mode of collaboration. Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 28 Iss 4 pp. 188 - 205. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JWL-11-2015-0084 Publication>>
  • Sannino,A., Engeström, Y. & Lemos, M. (2016). Formative Interventions for Expansive Learning and Transformative Agency, Journal of the Learning
    DOI: 10.1080/10508406.2016.1204547 Publication>>
  • Sannino, A., Engeström Y. & Lahikainen, J. (2016). The dialectics of authoring expansive learning: tracing the long tail of a Change Laboratory. Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 28 Iss 4 pp. 245 - 26 http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JWL-01-2016-0003 Publication>>
  • Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A. (2016). Expansive learning on the move: insights from ongoing research / El aprendizaje expansivo en movimiento: aportaciones de la investigación en curs. Journal for the Study of Education and Development/ Infancia y Aprendizaje http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02103702.2016.1189119 Publication >>
  • 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. Publication >>
  • 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, 2015 Publication >>
  • 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 >>

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