The 5th  International Symposium

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The Center for Human Activity Theory (CHAT) was established at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan in April 2005 as a research center that focuses on educational research and development and the development of human activity based on cultural-historical activity theory and its interventional approach to human learning and development.

CHAT is involved in a joint research project (2005-2009) entitled "International Joint Research in Innovative Learning and Education System Development: The Creation of Human Activity Theory," which is awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as an "Academic Frontier" Project.

The 5th International Symposium 'New Learning Challenges' (NLC)
  Organizer   Center for Human Activity Theory (CHAT), Kansai University
  Date & Time   9:30-17:00 Saturday, December 6, 2008
  Venue   The Kansai University Tokyo Center
Sapia Tower 9th floor, 1-7-12 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  Charge   Free
  Theme   Educational Change in Japan and Finland
  Language   English




New challenges to interventionist research
on educational change

Kiyotaka Miyazaki (Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University, Japan)
Jun Oshima (Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Shizuoka University, Japan)
Hajime Shirouzu (Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Chukyo University, Japan)
Futoshi Hiruma (Professor, Faculty of Letters and Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University, Japan)
Katsuhiro Yamazumi (Director, Center for Human Activity Theory, and Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University, Japan)




Keynote Lecture 1

Jaakko Virkkunen (Professor, Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Changing the pedagogical concept of the school

Coffee Break


Keynote Lecture 2

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen (Professor, Department of Home Economics and Craft Science, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Collaborative knowledge practices in technology mediated learning
  16:15-17:00   Plenary Discussion
Jaakko Virkkunen
Jaakko Virkkunen is Professor of Developmental Work Research at University of Helsinki. In the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, he leads a research group focused on organizational interventions and new forms of agency.

Jaakko Virkkunen’s academic interests have focused on applying the cultural historical activity theory in developing work activities. Especially he has studied possibilities to support work communities’ expansive learning and the transformation of their system of joint activity by using an activity-theory based intervention method called Change Laboratory. He has also studied the conditions and development of collaborative agency for developing work practices. A central area in his academic interest has also been the historical evolution of forms of work development and the development of a new form of in-house work development. He has recently carried out and studied developmental interventions in educational institutions.
Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen
Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen is Professor of Craft Education at the University of Helsinki, Department of Home Economics and Craft Science. Previously she was professor of Craft Science at University of Joensuu Department of Savonlinna Teacher Education (2002-2007). She is also docent at University of Art and Design Helsinki, UIAH.

Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen has been interested in human's creative processes, expertise involved on those activities and also the pedagogical implications of teaching. In recent years she has been interested in analysing collaboration and communication in design projects, the nature of the distributed expertise and the theory of knowledge building. She has studied elementary level students and university level students in textile teacher education and industrial design- students. She has five graduate students (PhD-students) working in her research projects and four dissertations in Craft Science have conducted under her supervision. She has carried out two larger research projects funded by Academy of Finland: Facilitating Social Creativity through in Collaborative Designing 2003-2006 and Learning by Collaborative Designing 2007-2010.


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