“The Historical-Cultural Activity Theory and its contributions to Education, Health and Communication: interview with Yrjö Engeström”: Mónica Lemos, Marco Antonio Pereira-Querol e Ildeberto Muniz de Almeida

This is a very informative interview to Engestrom about key points from CHAT. I wish I had got access to this when I was writing my PhD thesis.

In the last week of September 2012, Yrjö Engeström, of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE4), at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, received us for discussions that had previously been organized by the small group of Brazilians working at CRADLE. Over the course of ninety minutes of interview and discussion, Professor Engeström talked about the training and activities developed at CRADLE, and its members’ understanding of the main concepts of the theoretical focus adopted, which is the “Cultural-Historical Activity Theory”. In addition, with contributions from other Brazilian colleagues, theoretical questions of greater density were also explored, such as the concepts of “agency”, “runaway objects” and “objects in complex real lives” (“objects in the wild”)5.

Professor Engeström is recognized internationally for applying and developing the cultural-historical activity theory as a theoretical approach in studies on the process of transformation and learning…

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About Malba Barahona

Educational researcher, language educator. PhD from Australian National University. Passionate bushwalker and mountain lover. I procrastinate reading fiction, hiking, doing yoga, riding, having a beer and more recently decolonizing my existence. I write in English and Spanish in different blogs especially with the purpose of encouraging my students to write.

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