In the Activity Theory Summer School, PhD students will learn to apply activity theory to undertake research and conduct formative interventions in the contexts of organisations and communities. Our instructors, each of whom have developed considerable expertise in the theory, will lead participants in exploring both core concepts and emergent views on activity theory. This will allow participants to access specialist advanced training, support the establishment of new research networks between institutions and strengthen existing networks.
During the Summer School the participants will have the opportunity to present their work and attend lectures, seminars and panel discussions on the application and use of activity theory for research.
Activity theory is a theoretical and methodological approach for understanding how people live and work together. Developed in the Soviet Union based on the works of Vygotsky and Leont´ev, it was taken up in the West in the 1980s, where it has become important in disciplines and fields as diverse as cultural psychology, education, human-computer interaction, information systems, management and organization, and writing studies. In these fields and others, activity theory anchors interventionist studies in which researchers and participants come together to analyse and re-design their work activities.
An intensive Summer School on Activity Theory has been organized in the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) in the University of Helsinki on an annual basis for several years. CRADLE is a hub of academics and practitioners pursuing ground-breaking interventionist research based on cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). Activity Theory cuts across disciplinary boundaries and focuses on transformations in collective activity systems, including educational institutions, work organizations, public-sector agencies, communities and social movements – and their coalitions. In June 2019 the Summer School took place in University West, Trollhättan it attracted students and ECRs from China, North and South America and Europe (France, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the UK).
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