Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) 5 ects

Are you doing research that aims at developing the everyday practices and productivity of organizations? How the everyday decisions of individuals maintain and change the community’s practices? How a part and the whole relate to one another? How individuals’ and communities’ actions and experiences can be seen in relation to the current societal conditions? How to create knowledge that is meaningful in terms of developing an organization’s everyday practices and productivity?

Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) is a multidisciplinary approach for studying the above themes. In May, the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS), together with the Faculty of Humanities (COACT), Faculty of Education (MIC), and Oulu Business School organizes a study unit (5 ECTS) on the foundations and applications of the CHAT approach. The study unit provides students with an overview of the CHAT approach and a focused, deeper look into developmental work research and subject-scientific research on everyday life. 

The study unit consists of two intensive teaching periods and independent work on the participants’ theses. The intensive teaching periods consist of expert lectures and workshops where the participants’ texts are discussed and developed.

The teachers in the first intensive teaching period, 17–18 May 2018, are:
·    University Researcher Jussi Silvonen (University of Eastern Finland, department of Education and Psychology)
·    Associate Professor Hanna Toiviainen (University of Tampere, Faculty of Education)
·    Associate Professor Juha Tuunainen (University of Oulu, Oulu Business School)
·    Post-doctoral Research Fellow Teemu Suorsa (University of Oulu, Faculty of Education)
·    University Lecturer Jenni Virtaluoto (University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities)

The teachers in the second intensive teaching period, 30-31 October, are:
·    Professor Charlotte Charlotte Højholt (Roskilde University, department of People and Technology)
·    Associate professor Maja Røn Larsen (Roskilde University, department of People and Technology)
·    Associate Professor Juha Tuunainen (University of Oulu, Oulu Business School)
·    Post-doctoral Research Fellow Teemu Suorsa (University of Oulu, Faculty of Education)
·    University Lecturer Jenni Virtaluoto (University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities) 

Required reading:
·       Nissen, M. (2005). Activity theory: Key concepts. In B. Somekh & C. Lewin (Eds.) Research methods in the social sciences (pp. 188-191). London: SAGE.
·       Langemeyer, I. (2005). Stories from the field. In B. Somekh & C. Lewin (Eds.) Research methods in the social sciences (pp. 191-196). London: SAGE.
·       Højholt, C. & Schraube, E. (2016). Toward a psychology of everyday living. In E. Schraube & C. Højholt (Eds.), Psychology and the conduct of everyday life (pp. 1-14). London: Routledge.
·       Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A. (2015). Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A. (2010). Studies of Expansive Learning: Foundations, findings and future challenges. Educational Research Review 5, 1–24  

Also pick one of these:
·       Dafermos, M. (2015). Activity theory: Theory and practice. In I. Parker (Ed.), Handbook of Critical Psychology. London: Routledge.
·       Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A. (2011). Discursive manifestations of contradictions in organizational change efforts: A methodological frameworkJournal of Organizational Change Management, 24 (3), 368-387.
·       Højholt, C., & Kousholt, D. (2012). Practice research. In T. Theo (ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Berlin: Springer Science+Business Media.
·       Roth, W-M. & Radford, L. (2011). Toward a science of the subject. In W-M. Roth & L. Radford (2011). A Cultural-Historical Perspective on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (pp. 1-28). Rotterdam: Sense.

The first intensive teaching period will take place on 17–18 May 2018. The language of instruction for the first intensive period will be either English or Finnish. Please indicate your preference.
The second intensive teaching period will take place in 30-31 October 2018 and will be in English.

There are places available for 15 PhD students.
Enroll by 2 May 2018 at <REGISTRATION LINK>

For more information please contact: Jenni Virtaluoto e-mail: jenni.virtaluoto@oulu.fi or Teemu Suorsa e-mail: teemu.suorsa@oulu.fi

Last updated: 24.4.2018