RE: [xmca] Engeström's theory of expansive learning, views appreciated!

From: Worthen, Helena Harlow <hworthen who-is-at>
Date: Mon Jan 21 2008 - 07:00:19 PST

Hello, Dima --

This sounds fascinating. Would you mind providing more details?

First, I'll have to go get that Engestrom article you refer to. It sounds a lot like his Journal of Education and Work 2001 article, "Expansive Learning at Work: toward an activity theoretical reconceputalization," but I'll need to get the one you're actually referring to. I just saw Mike's message about providing a reference.

Second -- The Syrian Virtual University? I took a look at -- does that match your view of it?

And you're studying the adoption experience -- meaning what it's like to enroll, try to take a course, pay for access, engage in class discussion, take exams, etc.? From the wikipedia entry it looks as if this is a university where most of the students are accessing the class experience from internet cafes due to the high cost and unavailability of high-speed connections; I'm wondering what that is like? Is that part of what you mean by "the adoption experience"?

And then, "experiencing the future." Can you be more specific? I think you'll have to actually are referring to. I've seen the word "prolepsis" but I don't think that's what you're talking about. Do you mean a collective future, for example?

I think I need to know whether I'm on the right track with the above questions before tackling your main question, which is about the relative power of different participants in a research project to shape the learning that occurs. Am I right?

Thank you --


From: [] On Behalf Of dima dayoub []
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2008 5:16 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [xmca] Engeström's theory of expansive learning, views appreciated!

Dear all,

I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester, currently writing up my research. I am interested in exploring the adoption experiences of online education in the Syrian Virtual University, a new initiative in the region.

I would appreciate any feedback on the following:

I am reflecting on whether Engeström's notion of 'experiencing' necessarily implies intervention-mediation. I have read his 2007 article 'Enriching the theory of expansive learning: lessons from ourneys towards coconfiguration' and I have understood the occuring reflections in the variousorganisations studied as an outcome of intervention sessions. c
Doesn't intervention relegate the role of the less powerfully-positioned researchers? Does it not also define the participants as those who are enabled to act, e.g. 'a head physician' or 'a manager'?

Any 'corrective' or other interpretations of Engeström, will be truly appreciated.

Many thanks in anticipation
Dima> Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 09:26:57 +1100>
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