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Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and Informal Learning as a key component of co-design practice in a community initiative

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Publication date11/09/2016
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventEuropean Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA): 8th Triennial European Research Conference - Maynooth University, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8/09/201611/09/2016


ConferenceEuropean Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA): 8th Triennial European Research Conference
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This paper outlines PhD research associated with Leapfrog, a three-year funded AHRC project, which aims to analyse the impact of co-design practices in developing ‘engagement tools’ within community development. One challenge in co-design is identifying ways to understand holistically the context. Understanding individual and collective contextual factors simultaneously requires bridging the gap between theory and practice. Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) interconnects all the components simultaneously illuminating a holistic approach for understanding such context. The paper focuses on the distribution of power in co-design aiming to illustrate how designers balance power and reflects on the experience of applying CHAT into practice, identifying informal learning as a key component. It elucidates how ethnographic methods can provide a deeper understanding about the context. About this, it can be concluded that a greater awareness of context, understood through the lenses of CHAT, helps designers to reveal the interconnection between individual and collective factors.