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KASMULTI4 Introduction to Activity Theory and Formative Interventions - Seminar 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Kasvatustieteiden tutkinto-ohjelma
Faculty of Education

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will
-master the key theoretical and methodological resources stemming from cultural-historical activity theory
-be able to carry out analyses of activities undergoing transformations
-be aware of formative interventionist tools to support learning and agency formation processes

General description

The students will be introduced to:

-the 20-year Finnish research tradition of cultural-historical activity theory for work development and societal transformations

-the central epistemological principles and methodological tools of formative interventions

-analytical resources to trace and support emergent processes of expansive learning and transformative agency in communities, workplaces and educational institutions

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment time has expired


Annalisa Sannino, Teacher responsible


9-Feb-2018 – 25-Apr-2018
Seminar 20 hours
Fri 9-Feb-2018 at 12-15
Fri 16-Feb-2018 at 13-16
Mon 12-Mar-2018 at 13-16
Mon 19-Mar-2018 at 13-16
Mon 9-Apr-2018 at 9-12
Mon 23-Apr-2018 at 13-16
Wed 25-Apr-2018 at 13-15
Independent work 115 hours


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

In-class assignments, active participation in classroom discussions, quality of the analyses, quality of the argumentation in the classroom presentations and in the discussions

Study materials

Sannino, A. & Engeström, Y. (2017). Relational agency, double stimulation and the object of activity: An intervention study in a primary school. In A. Edwards (Ed.), Working relationally in and across practices: Cultural-historical approaches to collaboration (pp. 58-77). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Sannino, A., Engeström, Y., & Lemos, M. (2016). Formative interventions for expansive learning and transformative agency. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 25(4), 599-633.


Sannino, A., Engeström, Y., & Lahikainen, J. (2016). The dialectics of authoring expansive learning: Tracing the long tail of a Change Laboratory. Journal of Workplace Learning, 28(4), 245-262.


Sannino, A. (2015). The principle of double stimulation: A path to volitional action. Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction, 6, 1-15.

Sannino, A. (2011). Activity theory as an activist and interventionist theory. Theory & Psychology, 21(5), 571-597.

Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A. (2010). Studies of expansive learning: Foundations, findings and future challenges. Educational Research Review, 5, 1-24.

Additional study materials from literature and from case studies will be provided during the course.


Further information

Max 20 students