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KASA15 Activity Theory and Formative Interventions in Educational Research 5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Educational Studies
Faculty of Education

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course, the students will
-master the key theoretical and methodological tools of cultural-historical activity theory
-be able to carry out analyses of activities undergoing transformations
-be aware of formative interventions as ways to support learning and agency formation processes

The students will be introduced to
-the 20-year Finnish research tradition of cultural-historical activity theory for work development and societal transformations
-conceptual and methodological resources to trace and support emergent processes of expansive learning and transformative agency in communities, workplaces and educational institutions

General description

Modes of study: Participation in the lectures and seminars, and written assignments

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrollment at the latest on 16.1.2019.

Enrolment time has expired


Annalisa Sannino, Teacher


22-Jan-2019 – 19-Mar-2019
Seminar 20 hours
Tue 22-Jan-2019 at 9-11, Virta 114
Tue 29-Jan-2019 at 10-13, Virta 112
Tue 5-Feb-2019 at 9-12, Virta 113
Tue 5-Mar-2019 at 9-12, Linna K110
Tue 12-Mar-2019 at 10.00-12.30, Virta 219
Tue 19-Mar-2019 at 9-12, Linna K110
Wed 27-Mar-2019 at 10-13, Virta 102


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation criteria: In-class assignments, active participation in classroom discussions, 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. (2011). Activity theory as an activist and interventionist theory. Theory & Psychology, 21(5), 571-597.

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

Further information

This study module is available for all students in the University of Tampere. Max 20 students and 3 places  from that are reserved for the students from the Open University teaching