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Engeström, Yrjö 1948-

Works: 88 works in 296 publications in 4 languages and 4,302 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Handbooks and manuals  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, win, Publishing director
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Most widely held works by Yrjö Engeström
From teams to knots : activity-theoretical studies of collaboration and learning at work by Yrjö Engeström( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Teams are commonly celebrated as efficient and humane ways of organizing work and learning. By means of a series of in-depth case studies of teams in the United States and Finland over a time span of more than 10 years, this book shows that teams are not a universal and ahistorical form of collaboration. Teams are best understood in their specific activity contexts and embedded in historical development of work. Today, static teams are increasingly replaced by forms of fluid knotworking around runaway objects that require and generate new forms of expansive learning and distributed agency. This book develops a set of conceptual tools for analysis and design of transformations in collaborative work and learning."--Jacket
Cognition and communication at work( Book )

28 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and German and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together contributions from researchers within anthropology, psychology, communications, sociology, and cognitive science who are interested in redefining the methods and topics that constitute the study of work. They investigate work activity in ways that do not reduce it to a "psychology" of individual cognition or to a "sociology" of societal structures and communication (whether "micro" or "macro"). A key theme of the book is the relationship between theory and practice. This is not treated as an abstract problem of interest merely to social scientists. Instead, it is discussed as an issue that working people address when they attempt to understand a task and communicate its demands. Mindful practices and communicative interaction are examined as situated issues at work in the reproduction of communities of practice in a variety of work settings including courts of law, computer software design, scientific laboratories, repair and maintenance of advanced manufacturing systems, the piloting of airliners, air traffic control, baggage handling, and traffic management in underground railway systems
Perspectives on activity theory by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

24 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Activity theory is an interdisciplinary approach to human sciences that originates in the cultural-historical psychology initiated by Vygotsky, Leont'ev, and Luria. It takes the object-oriented, artifact-mediated collective activity system as its unit of analysis, thus bridging the gulf between the individual subject and the societal structure. This volume is the first comprehensive presentation of contemporary work in activity theory, with 26 original chapters by authors from 10 countries
Activity theory and workplace learning : Journal of workplace learning by Yrjö Engeström( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Workplace learning and organizational learning as areas of inquiry stem from different and still quite separate disciplinary backgrounds and commitments. Workplace learning has largely emerged as an extension of educational research stepping beyond the confines of schools and other institutions of formal learning. The commitment of studies of workplace learning is commonly pedagogical: improvement of conditions and practices of learning and instruction in work settings. Organizational learning emerged as a sub-field of organization and management studies, trying to find explanatory mechanisms
Mind, culture, and activity : seminal papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition by Michael Cole( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together articles from The Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. The selected articles are important benchmarks in the recent history of research and theory on the cultural and contextual foundations of human development. The central theme of this discussion can be posed as a question: How shall we develop a psychology that takes as its starting point the actions of people participating in routine, culturally organized activities? The discussion is organized in terms of a set of overarching themes of importance to psychologists and other social scientists: The nature of context; experiments as contexts; culture-historical theories of culture, context, and development; the analysis of classroom settings as a social important context of development; the psychological analysis of activity in situ; and questions of power and discourse. This text will appeal to graduate students and professionals in psychology, anthropology, education, and child development."--
Between school and work : new perspectives on transfer and boundary-crossing by Terttu Tuomi-Gröhn( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and German and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book opens up new theoretical perspectives and practical possibilities to analyze the learning opportunities emerging in the transitional zones between educational institutions and workplaces. International contributors draw on a range of ideas developed within constructivistic, socio-cultural and activity theory and focus in different ways on the processes of transition, transfer and boundary crossing as central to learning, especially in vocational and professional education contexts. The book begins with four chapters which locate the renewed interest in transfer and the emerging interest in boundary crossing in the context of knowledge society in terms of the following (a) the historical development of learning theories, (b) the theoretical advances made in socio-cultural approaches as regards learning, transfer and boundary crossing, and (c) sociological approaches to links between school and workplace learning. Part II contains seven chapters that present studies on learning and transfer in different domains of vocational and professional education. Part III presents three studies that describe and analyze learning in workplaces. The chapters of these three parts report on a range of empirical and developmental studies which have developed new 'tools for learning and transfer' in vocational education. The book ends with an epilogue consisting of a critical reflection on the earlier chapters in relation to how they approach two key transfer issues - the relationship between school knowledge and the knowledge acquired in working life, and the relationship between transfer and boundary crossing at the individual and collective levels. The chapters of this book are based on original research undertaken by members and invited experts of a European COST Action A 11 Working Group 2 which includes researchers from twelve different countries." -- Publisher description
Learning by expanding : an activity-theoretical approach to developmental research by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1987, Learning by Expanding challenges traditional theories that consider learning a process of acquisition and reorganization of cognitive structures within the closed boundaries of specific tasks or problems. Yrjö Engeström argues that this type of learning increasingly fails to meet the challenges of complex social change and fails to create novel artifacts and ways of life. In response, he presents an innovative theory of expansive learning activity, offering a foundation for understanding and designing learning as a transformation of human activities and organizations. The second edition of this seminal text features a substantive new introduction that illustrates the development and implementation of Engeström's theory since its inception"--
Activity theory in practice : promoting learning across boundaries and agencies by Harry Daniels( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text brings together cutting-edge researchers who study the transformation of practice through the enhancement and transformation of expertise
Studies in expansive learning : learning what is not yet there by Yrjö Engeström( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Engström's exciting approach sees expansive learning as the central mechanism of transformation in societal practices and institutions. For researchers and practitioners in education, this book provides a conceptual and practical toolkit for creating and analyzing expansive learning processes with the help of interventions in workplaces, schools and communities. Chapters 1-3 situate the theory of expansive learning in the field of learning science. Chapters 4-8 contain empirical studies of expansive learning in various organizational settings (such as banks, schools and hospitals). In Chapters 9-10, the author looks at new challenges and possibilities arising from rapidly spreading 'wildfire' activities (disaster relief, for example) and from the methodology of formative interventions aimed at triggering and supporting expansive learning. This book provides an integrative account of recent empirical studies and conceptual developments in the theory of expansive learning, and serves as a companion volume to Learning by Expanding"
Training for change : new approach to instruction and learning in working life by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and German and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expertise in transition : expansive learning in medical work by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book challenges standard notions of expertise. In today's world, truly effective expertise is built on fluid collaboration between practitioners from multiple backgrounds. Such collaborative expertise must also be transformative, must be able to tackle emerging new problems and changes in its organizational framework. Engeström argues that the transition toward collaborative and transformative expertise is based on three pillars: expertise needs to be understood and cultivated as a collective activity; expertise needs to be built on flexible knot-working among diverse practitioners; and expertise needs to be fostered as the expansive learning of models and patterns of activity that are in progress. In this book, Engeström recasts expertise as fluid collaboration on complex tasks that requires envisioning the future and mastering change
Developmental work research : expanding activity theory in practice by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Developmental work research is an innovative approach to the study and reshaping of work and learning. It expands cultural-historical activity theory by bringing it to the domains of work, technology and organizations. The world of work is in turmoil, increasingly dominated by 'runaway objects' generated by globalization and greed (global markets are such massive objects out of control). Yet it is the object that motivates work and generates visons of better future. The use values of objects have not vanished, although they are more difficult to grasp than perhaps ever before. Developmental work research rediscovers and expands use values in runaway objects. In workplace interventions it engages practitioners in expansive re-forging of the objects of their work."--Cover
Tra scuola e lavoro : studi su transfer e attraversamento di confini( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Italian and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Activity : theories, methodology & problems( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning and teaching on a scientific basis : methodological and epistemological aspects of the activity theory of learning and teaching( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Activity theory in education : research and practice by Dilani S. P Gedera( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Activity theory in education: Research and practice' brings together cutting-edge scholars from a number of continents. Through in-depth case studies the authors highlight how Activity Theory is used in education and discuss the theoretical as well as pragmatic use of Activity Theory frameworks in a range of contemporary learning contexts. The first section of the book focuses on empirical research on using Activity Theory in analysing students? and teachers? experiences of learning and teaching in face-to-face and online learning contexts. The second section contains insights in identifying historical and systemic tensions in educational contexts using Activity Theory. The third section discusses conceptual and contextual aspects of educational contexts through Activity Theory, and Section four discusses the application of Activity Theory in understanding teachers? Pedagogical Content Knowledge and curriculum development
Entwickelnde Arbeitsforschung : die Tätigkeitstheorie in der Praxis by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Putting activity theory to work : contributions from developmental work research by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural-historical activity theory is a powerful toolkit for social sciences. This book demonstrates how the Finnish school of developmental work research uses activity theory in the analysis and practical transformation of work, technology and organizations. Developmental work research is a longitudinal and interventionist approach. Researchers aim at generating, supporting and following cycles of expansive learning in the activity systems they study. The process opens up qualitatively new possibilities for creating use values and for developing the capabilities and agency of the practitioners and their clients. Critical dialogue and partnerships are built between the researchers and the organizations they study. In their 18 chapters, the 23 authors of the book give a broad sample of work done over a period of ten years in the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at University of Helsinki. The theoretical and methodological themes range from the polyphony of activity to relationships between history, ethnography and interventions. The empirical chapters range from the work of teachers and judges to collaboration between industrial enterprises. Yrjö Engeström is Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at University of Helsinki. Joachim Lompscher (1932-2005) was Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at University of Potsdam. Georg Rückriem is Professor Emeritus of Education at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Cover photo: Faces of the authors in the order of their chapters
Interactive expertise : studies in distributed working intelligence by Yrjö Engeström( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four studies presented show how expertise, from the cultural-historical theory of activity, is constructed interactively in everyday problem situations. They also demonstrate that purely situational analyses of discourse are insufficient as attempts to explain expertise. The four studies are presented as individual chapters: (1) Expertise as Mediated Collaborative Activity--a preliminary theoretical framework for the study of expertise as mediated collaborative activity; (2) The Tensions of Judging: Handling Cases of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol in Finland and California--a cross-cultural analysis of judicial expertise highlighting the multi-voicedness and internal tensions of expert work using tape recorded courtroom discourse; (3) Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication in Courts: Expansive Transitions in Legal Work--an analysis of expertise in a complex case of civil litigation in another California court setting using a court reporter's official transcripts of sidebar discussions as data on disturbances and innovations in the trial interactions; and (4) Twisting the Scripts: Heterogeneity and Shared Cognition in Multi-Professional Medical Teams--an analysis of expertise in multi-professional medical teams working in Finnish health centers which examines audio- and videotape recordings of their interactions using a three-pronged model of coordination, cooperation, and communication. Most of the 173 references listed are in English. (ALF)
Mente, cultura y actividad by Michael Cole( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Cognition and communication at work
Cognition and communication at workPerspectives on activity theoryMind, culture, and activity : seminal papers from the Laboratory of Comparative Human CognitionBetween school and work : new perspectives on transfer and boundary-crossingActivity theory in practice : promoting learning across boundaries and agenciesTraining for change : new approach to instruction and learning in working lifeDevelopmental work research : expanding activity theory in practice
Alternative Names
Engeström, Yrjö

Engeström, Yrjö Henrik Mikael 1948-

Yrjö Engeström finnischer Pädagoge und Professor der Universität Helsinki

Yrjö Engeström Finnish university teacher, professor of adult education (Univ. of Helsinki)

Yrjö Engeström Fins hoogleraar

Yrjö Engeström profesor universitario finlandés

엥게스트룀, 위리외

エンゲストローム, ユーリア

English (182)

German (7)

Spanish (3)

Italian (2)