Learning by Expanding: An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Developmental Research (2nd Revised edition)

Learning by Expanding: An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Developmental Research (2nd Revised edition)

By: Yrjo Engestrom (author)Hardback

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Learning by Expanding challenges traditional theories that consider learning a process of acquisition and reorganization of cognitive structures within the closed boundaries of specific tasks or problems. Yrjoe Engestroem argues that this type of learning increasingly fails to meet the challenges of complex social change and fails to create novel artifacts and ways of life. In response, he presents an innovative theory of expansive learning activity, offering a foundation for understanding and designing learning as a transformation of human activities and organizations. The second edition of this seminal text features a substantive new introduction that illustrates the development and implementation of Engestroem's theory since its inception.

About Author

Yrjo Engestrom is Professor of Adult Education and the director of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at the University of Helsinki. He is also Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. His most recent book is From Teams to Knots: Activity-Theoretical Studies of Collaboration and Learning at Work (2008).


1. Introduction; 2. The emergence of learning activity as a historical form of human learning; 3. The zone of proximal development as the basic category of expansive research; 4. The instruments of expansion; 5. Toward an expansive methodology; 6. Epilogue.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107074422
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 338
  • ID: 9781107074422
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1107074428
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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