Research group 'Multi-professional collaboration supporting individuals and communities' (MIC) examines the prerequisites for the success of multi-professional collaboration from the perspective of people's participation, well-being and the organization’s results of action.
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The research focuses on everyday interactions and people's changing participation in maintaining and changing common practices and societal conditions. We create information and practices that promote the development of high-quality education and upbringing as well as a good working life.
Researchers in the MIC group work in the fields of educational psychology, psychology, sociology and knowledge management. The group utilizes and further develops a cultural-historical approach to educational psychological practice research (Holzkamp, 1983; Roth & Jornet, 2017; Vygotsky, 1926). The approach has points of resemblance with different traditions in ethnographic and interventionist research. We study phenomena in practice, looking at the individual, communal and societal dimensions of people's actions and experiences. MIC researchers participate in various changing practices – for example, in schools or other organizations – planning and implementing various interventions and the related research.
The MIC group is active, for example, in the Good Work and Phenomenology networks operating at the University of Oulu. Nationally, key cooperation networks include the Finnish Network for guidance and counselling research (operating under FERA), and the Finnish network for Experience Research. Internationally key cooperation networks include The International Society of Cultural-historical Activity Research and The International Society for Theoretical Psychology