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May 21, 2008: From talk to action: Experiencing interlocution in developmental interventions (Annalisa Sannino, PhD)

Annalisa Sannino (University of Salerno (I), Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki) will share her views on talk in developmental interventions in a public lecture on 21 May 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

In her lecture, Annalisa Sannino (University of Salerno) will explore how to analyze and conceptualize the dynamics through which conversations in Change Laboratory research interventions lead to envisioning and implementing material changes in activities.

Leont’ev’s concept of personal sense is used as a theoretical lens for tracing these dynamics and to provide a means to relate local conversations to overall transformation of professional practices. Also, the paper tests the potential of Vasilyuk’s theory of experiencing and Trognon’s interlocutionary logic for analyzing Change Laboratory conversations from the point of view of how talk is experienced by the interlocutors.

Experiencing is seen as a dialogical process which connects ongoing conversations and future-oriented actions, and through which interlocutors overcome critical situations.

The analysis of Change Laboratory discussions in a Finnish middle school provides ground for looking at Change Laboratory as a research setting and a practice of intervention which can enrich our understanding of how change unfolds through discourse. Within the perspective of seeking such methodological procedures, the lecture opens up a discussion on complementarities and possibilities of integration between the Change Laboratory and another interventionist approach called the Clinic of Activity.

Wednesday, 21 May, 5:30 p.m.

Campus Walferdange, Main Building, Room Vygotsky


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