Yrjö Engeström

Writing for Stabilization and Writing for Possibility: The Dialectics of Documentation in Everyday Work with Vulnerable Clients


Yrjö Engeström is Professor Emeritus of Adult Education at University of Helsinki and Professor Emeritus of Communication at University of California, San Diego. He is Director of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) in Helsinki, and serves as visiting profesor at Rhodes University in South Africa and at University West in Sweden. In his work Engestr_m applies and develops cultural-historical activity theory as a framework for the study of transformations in educational settings and work activities, with a particular focus on work with vulnerable clients. He is known for his theory of expansive learning and for the methodology of formative interventions, including the Change Laboratory method. Engestr_m’s recent books include From Teams to Knots: Activity-Theoretical Studies of Collaboration and Learning at Work (2008), Learning by Expanding: An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Developmental Research (2nd Edition, 2015), Studies in Expansive Learning: Learning What Is Not Yet There (2016), and Expertise in Transition: Expansive Learning in Medical Work (2018), all published by Cambridge University Press.

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