Visiting scholars




My visit to CRADLE in August was brief, but very worthwhile.  As part of a research group in the mid-2000s, I had encountered CHAT for the first time and had planned to find out more about the theory as a primary tool for learning and as a framework for research.  So, when planning a period of study leave in Europe, a visit to the centre was high on my list.  The summer school wasn’t running in 2014, but I was warmly encouraged to visit for a few days.  I was made to feel very welcome and I valued all of the formal and informal discussions with staff and doctoral students.  I was impressed by the thoughtful, open and informed attitude.  Although the visit was short, the learning and interactions were concentrated and I have plenty to go away and read, reflect upon and hopefully act upon!  Future interaction and collaboration? I hope so.

Andy Wearn
Associete Professor Clinical Skills Centre
University of Auckland, NZ




Professor Yasuko Kawatoko (Daito Bunka University, Japan) gave a talk in the CRADLE on the 27th of May from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The title of her talk was:

What can lead to a new meaning in the life of older people? Reorganization of the relationship between in and out of the community

Professor Kawatoko has published important papers on learning in different communities of practice and on the ethnography of various work activities. Here are some references to her publications:

-Kawatoko, Y. & Ueno, N. (2003). Talking about skill: Making objects, technologies and communities visible. Visual Studies, 18(1), 47-57.
-Kawatoko, Y. (2000). Organizing multiple vision. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 7(1-2), 37-58.
-Kawatoko, Y. (1999). Space, time and documents in a refrigerated warehouse. Human Studies, 22, 315-337.

Abstracts for Professor Kawatoko's presentations are here: "What can lead to a new meaning in the life of older people?: Reorganization of the relations between in and out of the community" and "Networking the times: activity of re-networking the present through networking the past"

The event took place at CRADLE, LIBRARY ROOM 334, Siltavuorenpenger 3A.




Susan Davis

Dr Susan Davis is a Senior Lecturer from the School of Education and the Arts from CQ Univerisity Australia. After the summer school she stayed in CRADLE as a visiting scholar to work specifically on exploring the cycle of expansive learning for deliberately creative intervention.  She met with CRADLE scholars to discuss data and concepts arising from school-based drama and digital technology projects.  At present she is experimenting with reinterpreting a model called 'Rolling Role' - one developed by legendary drama teacher Dorothy Heathcote.  Sue has also been collaborating with CRADLE PhD candidate Satu-Mari Korhonen on exploring the application of CHAT and Developmental Work Research to applied theatre contexts.  They are collaborating with other scholars on editing a book entitled "Dramatic Interactions in Education". 

Rodolfo Vilela

Professor Rodolfo Vilela, School of Public Health, Sao Paulo University, stayed on as  a post-doctoral visitor in CRADLE after the summer school until the 25th of September.  He networked with CRADLE scholars to collaborate further on with his project Work accident: From socio technical analysis towards social construction of changes.  His aim is further to apply Activity Theory and Change Laboratory Intervention methodology in accident analysis and prevention in Brazil. He collaborates with CRADLE affiliated researchers Laura Seppänen from Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and Dr Marco Querol from Universidade Federal do Parana, in order to plan and organize a workshop which takes place in November, 6-8 in Brazil. _________________________________________________



Torres-Guzman and Cuevas

Torres-Guzman is a professor in the Teachers College, Columbia University and Cuevas a researcher in the Department of Psychology and Education,  Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.



Katsuhiro Yamazumi visited CRADLE from 01.04.2013 to 30.06.2013


I am Katsuhiro Yamazumi, Professor of Education at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. Drawing on a framework of cultural-historical activity theory and its interventionist methodology, I study historically new forms of pedagogical practice in schools that goes beyond both an encapsulated concept of traditional school learning and the institutional boundaries of school organizations. Additionally, I investigate teachers' expansive learning and professional development, which transform pedagogical practices in school education from within.

Utilizing my sabbatical leave and appointment as overseas research personnel offered and funded by my Kansai University, I now stay as a visiting scholar at Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE), University of Helsinki from 1 April 2013 through 30 June 2013 and will also stay as a visiting scholar at Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1 July 2013 through 31 March 2014. In these appointments for a whole year, I plan to conduct comparative studies in elementary education for greater children's agency and collective creativity in Finland, USA and Japan.

In Finland, I would pay special attention to the recent "future school" project such as contemporary school architecture of Kirkkojärvi Comprehensive School in Espoo. A key question here is concerned with how the collective activity system such as the architecture, environment and design of the school is evoking and supporting children's and teachers' more collaboration and learning.




Hanna Toiviainen and Fattaneh Taghiyareh

Assistant Professor Fattaneh Taghiyareh from the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, visited CRADLE on the 3rd of January. Taghiyareh has established a laboratory last year with the aim of promoting eLearning quality and collaborative learning in the University of Tehran. In CRADLE she was hosted by docent Hanna Toiviainen and researcher Jiri Lallimo who shared their ideas and experiences of designing and implementing networked learning environments in higher education and work life settings.

Ali Naghieh

Professor Fernanda Liberali visited CRADLE from 16.01.2013 to 25.01.2013

Professor Fernanda Liberali (Department of English Language and Graduate Studies in Applied Linguistics, Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil) gave a seminar on Thursday, January 24, from 10 am to 12 am in room 249 (Athena building, 2nd floor). Fernanda's topic was:
Creative Chain of School Activities to transform Brazilian realities


Ali Naghieh

Ali Naghieh
Member of Green Templeton College
DPhil Candidate in Social Intervention
Research Officer
Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention
Department of Social Policy & Intervention
University of Oxford visited CRADLE in January 2013.

Ali Naghieh is interested in intervention methods and especially in Change Laboratory method. Ali Naghieh has set up a series of in-depth consultative discussions with the researchers  of CRADLE who have recently conducted Change Laboratory interventions.

Jean-Louis Magakian

Assistant professor, ESC Saint-Etienne
November 9 – December, 2009.
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Teollisuuskatu 23, room D324, tel. +358 9 191 44207

Charalambos (Haris) Shekeris
PhD student, University of Bristol Department of Philosophy
November 16 – December 21, 2009.

Teollisuuskatu 23, room D327

Short-term visiting scholars

Dr. Klaus-Peter Schulz from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, gave a talk at CRADLE on May 26 on "The development of shared understandings and innovation through metaphrorical methods such as LEGO Serious Play."  


Senior lecturer, Dr Kathrin Otrel-Cass (University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand) visited the CRADLE on the 20th of May and gave an interesting talk on "Boundary objects that support teacher researcher partnerships".

During her visit in Finland Dr Kathrin Otrel-Cass also met some researchers from the Learning Bridges research network, the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, and the Centre for Educational Assessment.

Further information and publications of Dr Kathrin Otrel-Cass.

Dr Kathrin Otrel-Cass. Photo: Varpu Tissari.

Professor Jean-Louis Magakian (Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Saint-Etienne, France) visited the CRADLE on the 12th and 13th of May to discuss research collaboration and to give comments in our doctoral seminar.

In the photo, Jean-Louis (on the right), Hannele Kerosuo (in the middle) and Juhana Kokkonen (on the left).

Professor Steven Thorne (Portland State University and University of Groningen) visited CRADLE on May 4 to 5 and gave a highly interesting talk on “Ancestral language revitalization: Hope for a contested object."

‘In the photo, Steven (in the middle) is engaged in a discussion with Jaakko Virkkunen (left) and Reijo Miettinen (right). 

Four prominent Russian academics and educational policy analysts visited CRADLE on April 19, 2011 to discuss research collaboration. In the photo, from the left: Professor Vitaly Rubtsov, Rector of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE), Professor Arkady Margolis, Vice-Rector of MSUPE, Alla Antonova, Rector of the Institute of Educational Policy 'Eurica', Alexander Adamsky, President of the Institute of Educational Policy 'Eurica', Yrjö Engeström, and Annalisa Sannino. MSUPE is a central context in which the Russian cultural-historical and activity-theoretical legacy is continued and further developed. See:

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