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Activity Theory and Practice Learning Conference 2009

Theme of the conference: the use of Cultural Historical Activity Theory for research and development of workplaces and its implications for researchers and practitioners of practice related learning

This conference has now taken place. If you would like to find out more please see the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) area of this site.

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to take part in this conference which brought together researchers and practitioners from universitites and practice centres in Helsinki and the UK.

We were joined by a number of keynote speakers from Finland including Yrjö Engeström, Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Centre for Activity Theory and Development Work Research at University of Helsinki, Dr Antti Kauppi from the Palmenia Centre of Continuing Education at University of Helsinki and Drs Hannele Kerosuo and Juha Pihlaja from the Verve Consultancy, Helsinki.

The main speakers gave presentations on a range of Activity Theory and Practice Learning topics, during which there was the opportunity for particpants to ask questions and probe them about their work.

In the afternoon we will split into groups in which key Open University practitioners will deliver short presentations on relating theory to practice, practice to theory, reflective learning and evaluation of the effects on course study in the workplace. There will be discussions around these topics and our colleagues from Helsinki will be available to offer their perspectives.

The day will conclude with a 'wine down' session. Cheese and wine will be available while delegates reflect on the days activities and explore any issues that they have found particularly interesting. Again, our Helsinki colleagues as well as colleagues from the Open University will be on hand for questions and comments.

A second day was planned for Tuesday 2nd June for Open University colleagues only. This allowed delegates to attend the keynote presentations and some parallel sessions being offered as part of the 'Making Connections' conference as well as attending further presentations on Activity Theory and Practice Learning and the implications for The Open University. Please see PBPL intranet site for full details.


1st Jun 2009


9.00am - 6.30pm


The Open University, Milton Keynes

Who can attend?

Researchers and practitioners from universities and practice centres

Type of event



Professor Yrjö Engeström, Drs Antti Kauppi, Hannele Kerosuo, Juha Pihlaja, Jussi Onnismaa and Alison Shreeve, Professor Jaakko Virkkunen and Leena Rasanen


Wendy DeVille,


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