Fundamentals of Engestrom's Activity-Theoretical Concept of Expansive Learning and Development

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Abstract

The paper focuses on the main ideas of activity-theoretical concept of expansive learning developed by Yrjo Engestrom. The aim of this current review is to outline the conceptual perspectives of applied psychological research in various areas of human work activity. The paper highlights the basic conditions and developmen- tal stages of expansive learning concept, its methodological principles (including the basic principle, according to which intervention is considered the most effective way of exploring human activity), and key methods. The paper also describes the characteristics of the new type of historically evolved learning: expansive learning.

General Information

Keywords: theory of activity, expansive learning, activity-theoretical approach to learning and development

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Vetoshkina L.P., Goryunova L.N. Fundamentals of Engestrom's Activity-Theoretical Concept of Expansive Learning and Development. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2013. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 13–21. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

L. P. Vetoshkina, doctoral student, University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning

L. N. Goryunova, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia

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