Yrjö Engeström: Coaching and activity theory
Tuim Viotto Filho, I.A.
da Silva Pires Felix, Tatiane
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Yrjö Engeström completed his Ph.D. in education at the University of Helsinki in 1987. From 1989 to 2005 he was a Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, holding the position of Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition from 1990 to1995. From 1995 to 2000 he was also a Professor of the Academy of Finland. Engeström is currently a Professor of Adult Education, and the Director of the Centre for Research on Activity Development and Learning (CRADLE), at the University of Helsinki, Finland, whilst remaining a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo. In addition, he holds numerous other visiting academic positions worldwide. He is perhaps best known both for his theory of expansive learning, which can be considered a methodology aimed at social change, and for his progressive interpretation and development of activity theory (AT). The basic premise of his work involves the redesign and re-creation of activity systems by practitioners; in essence, the construction of new patterns of cultural activity. Although Engeström’s work was initially applied to large-scale transformations often spanning several years, in recent years his ideas have been directed at much smaller phases and cycles implying an increased focus on radical change at the local level.
Jones, R., Thomas, G., Tuim Viotto Filho, I.A., da Silva Pires Felix, T. and Edwards, C. (2016) 'Yrjö Engeström: Coaching and activity theory'. In: L. Nelson, R. Groom and P. Potrac. Learning in Sports Coaching: Theory and Application. London: Routledge.
Chapter 10 in Learning in Sports Coaching: Theory and Application.
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