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Innovative Pedagogies
Knowledge Management
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In line with Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory (ANT), Nonaka’s and Takeuchi's model of knowledge-creation, Yrjö Engeström's expansive learning model, and Carl Bereiter's theory of knowledge building, transformative pedagogies (TP) participate in "the simultaneous reconstruction of social contexts of which they form a part”.

Transformative Pedagogies

Knowledge Management


Last updated: 05.02.07

Activity Theory

Activity Theory is not a "theory" in the strict interpretation of the term. It consists of a set of basic principles which constitute a general conceptual system which can be used as a foundation for more specific theories. These basic principles of Activity Theory include object-orientedness, the dual concepts of internalization/externalization, tool mediation, hierarchical structure of activity, and continuous development. The principle of object-orientedness states that human beings live in a reality which is objective in a broad sense; the things which constitute this reality have not only the properties which are considered objective according to natural sciences but socially/culturally defined properties as well.


Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), University of Helsinki

...The methodology of developmental work research (DWR) relies on interventions aimed at helping practitioners analyze and redesign their activity systems. Our theoretical framework is cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) in which the idea of expansive learning is of central importance. Founded in 1994, the Center has five research groups and a graduate school with 30 full-time doctoral students. Our partner organizations range from industrial plants to schools and hospitals, from post offices to media companies and biotechnological research and development networks...


Pédagogie de l'activité (Taurisson 2005)

La pédagogie de l’Activité consiste à organiser la classe pour que les élèves travaillent en petits groupes hétérogènes, de façon autonome, pour réaliser des productions variables conduisant à l’acquisition de compétences, le plus souvent transdisciplinaires. Ceci est rendu possible parce que les élèves utilisent des outils particuliers qui leur permettent à la fois d’avancer dans leur travail, et d’acquérir les connaissances. Des règles définissent les relations sociales dans la classe. L’enseignant, libéré de la gestion immédiate, peut se consacrer à chaque groupe...


Critical Pedagogy

Although there is no static definition of "critical pedagogy," as the term has undergone many transformations as educators have deployed new strategies to confront changing social and historical contexts, the term has traditionally referred to educational theory and teaching and learning practices that are designed to raise learners' critical consciousness regarding oppressive social conditions...


Actor-Network Theory

Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is an interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences and technology studies, and closely relates to research in terms of complexity and locality, activity theory, the sociology of knowledge and systems theory. ANT was applied to Information Systems by Tatnall and Gilding in 1999, after its extensive use in geographical systems analysis continuing through its peak in the 1990's. ANT began in the 1980's in Paris as an exploration of actor-networks, and is current through to Society and Space published in 2003...


Communities of Practice

"Communities of Practice" is a phrase coined by researchers who studied the ways in which people naturally work and play together. In essence, communities of practice are groups of people who share similar goals and interests. In pursuit of these goals and interests, they employ common practices, work with the same tools and express themselves in a common language. Through such common activity, they come to hold similar beliefs and value systems.


Change Management

The Change Management Pilot is one of the most comprehensive tools for managers, project teams and consultants involved in change management. The pilot, based on Prosci's popular Change Management Toolkit, includes downloadable planning templates, readiness assessments and guidelines for building executive sponsorship and managing resistance. Templates include communication plans, training plans, sponsor roadmaps, coaching plans and resistance management plans...