Activity Theory and Collaborative Intervention in Education
Expanding Learning in Japanese Schools and Communities
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By applying cultural-historical activity theory and expansive learning theory to educational research, this volume illuminates new forms of educational activities as collaborative interventions in schools and communities where learners and practitioners generate expansive learning so that they can collectively transform their activities and expand their agency for themselves. It covers four cases of activity-theoretical formative intervention studies conducted in Japan, which are related to: fostering children’s expansive learning in classroom lessons; teachers as collaborative change agents in redesigning schools; expanding the school activity from below; and emerging knotworking agency in community-based disaster prevention learning. This book employs activity theory as a general theoretical framework of human learning and development to connect focal data from empirical and interventional studies on real human learning in specific educational settings in Japan. In this way, the book illustrates how the general theoretical framework could be used to understand a specific socio-cultural milieu, that is, the Japanese context. It also shows the universal relevance of the Japanese context of educational activity on broader international research, analyzing concrete empirical data from specific settings in Japan. In conclusion this book creates new understanding and develops a cohesive framework of the agentic and hybrid nature of educational activities as collaborative interventions in the expansion of learning.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Activity theory and educational change in the age of world crisis Part I: Activity theory and a new form of educational research 2. Activity theory as a new framework for educational research 3. Collaborative intervention in expansive learning: Agency and hybridity as basic principles Part II: Children and teachers’ agency in Japanese school contexts 4. Fostering children’s expansive learning in a Japanese elementary school 5. Teachers as collaborative change agents in redesigning schools Part III: Hybrid learning activity transforming schools and communities in Japan 6. Hybrid educational innovation and expanding school activity: Beyond traditional school learning 7. Emerging knotworking agency in community-based disaster prevention learning 8. Conclusions: From instructional control to collaborative intervention in education
Katsuhiro Yamazumi, PhD, is Professor of Education at Kansai University, Japan. He is also a Program Officer of the Research Center for Science Systems, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He served as the Director of the Center for Human Activity Theory (CHAT) at Kansai University. Drawing on the framework of cultural-historical activity theory and its interventionist methodology, he studies historically new forms of educational activities as collaborative interventions in expanding learning so that learners and practitioners can collectively transform their activities and expand their agency for themselves. He received the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) "That’s Interesting!" Award 2013.