Dear colleagues and students,
the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences of University of Helsinki is offering three opportunities to study activity theory and developmental work research in Helsinki, Finland. The first one is our international summer school course ‘Activity Theory and Formative Interventions’ that will take place in August 2011. The second one is the international Master’s degree programme in adult education and developmental work research which is accepting applications for its next class that starts in the fall of 2012. The third one is the Doctoral program for developmental work research and adult education which is also accepting applications for its next class that will start in January 2012.
Below we give very brief information about each one of the three programs. More details can be found in the web pages of the three programs (see the links below). Do not hesitate to contact anyone of us if you have questions or need further information. Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.
Yrjö Engeström, Professor
Director of the doctoral program and the Master’s program
Reijo Miettinen, Professor
Associate Director of the doctoral program
Annalisa Sannino, University Lecturer
Instructor in the Master’s program
Anu Kajamaa, Doctoral candidate
Coordinator of the summer school course
Auli Pasanen, Coordinator of CRADLE
Anne Vierros, Coordinator of the Master’s program
The Helsinki Summer School course on ‘Activity Theory and Formative Interventions’ (ATFI) will take place from August 9 to August 25, 2011 at University of Helsinki, Finland. The course is aimed at giving a rich introduction to activity theory and developmental work research for those interested in pursuing further studies in this exciting field.
Theory and practice will be brought together with the help of case presentations and field visits to organizations in which formative interventions have been carried out.
The number of participants is limited to 30 and only a few places are left. The course will be held in English. The application form and further information about the course can be found online here:
The Master’s Degree Programme in Adult Education and Developmental Work Research started in 2006 and is based on the 20-year tradition of developmental work research conducted in the CRADLE at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences (IBS) of University of Helsinki. This is an interventionist research approach rooted in cultural-historical activity theory and internationally recognized as an innovative framework to study work and learning. During their studies students are typically involved in research projects conducted in the CRADLE or in its partner organizations.
Beginning of the programme: 1 September 2012
Application period: 21 November 2011 to 31 January, 2012.
For more information, see:
The Doctoral program for developmental work research and adult education (DWRAE) is a subprogramme of the Finnish Doctoral Porgramme in Education and Learning (FiDPEL). Our doctoral program has been running since 1995, and 30 doctoral dissertations have been produced in it. In the first two years of this four-year program, the students participate in intensive courses and seminars at the CRADLE. The students conduct their research and work on their dissertations as full members of the collaborative CRADLE community and often within its larger research projects. For the class of 2012, we have a limited number of places which come with full salary, and a number of places for students who bring their own funding.
For more information, see: