University of Oulu, 2016


COACT explores complexity from diverse perspectives and focuses on examining how social participants manage, coordinate and adapt to complexity, and display complexity socially to others, through skilled multimodal participation. We are also interested in studies that expand the notion of interactional complexity to include the participants’ histories and interactions across multiple timescales.

Our research questions are the following:

  1. What constitutes complexity in (inter)action?
  2. What constitutes skilled (inter)action and skilled participation?
  3. How do participants organize their skilled (inter)action in multimodal contexts and across different social situations?
  4. How does participation change and develop over time?
  5. How can skillful participation in complex settings be maintained and supported?

The proposed research questions are explored in view of a set of central themes, which may revolve around shifts, turning points, moments of trouble and multiactivity in interaction. More specifically, many studies and projects within COACT focus on learning and guidance (e.g. tutoring, mentoring, counseling, teaching, apprenticeship, supervision) as well as on work practices, professionalism and professional growth. Many researchers also have joint interests in investigating collaboration, collaborative work, solidarity and community. These themes will be explored in diverse communities, including older drivers, language learners, exchange students, forest owners and counselors, colleagues and members of professional communities, friends and families and members of online groups, sports communities and others.

COACT invests in research training as an essential part of the research work carried out within the RC. We will offer graduate and post-graduate courses to be advertised within Eudaimonia and UniOGS. Further, our central themes will be jointly discussed in thematic innovation sessions with changing, dynamic configurations of researchers. Our further concrete working modes include data sessions, research workshops and article workshops.



Last updated: 9.10.2018