Using double stimulation to understand how significant positive and lasting change can happen in families with young children

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Moscow State University of Psychology and Education invites you to the 5th meeting of the Moscow CHAT Reading Group “ReadingLive”  that will take place on April, 19. Please note that due to the request of the invited experts, the time of the webinar differs from the time of previous meetings: the webinar will take place at 12 pm (at noon, Moscow time) in Zoom.

 Presentation title:

“Using double stimulation to understand how significant positive and lasting change can happen in families with young children”


Nick Hopwood

Invited expert

Education Researcher and Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Annalisa Sannino


Professor at the Faculty of Education and Culture, Tampere University, Finland.

In this ReadingLive discussion we will take a paper as a basis to explore ideas of agency in cultural-historical theory. The paper invites discussion of agency as contingent of cultural tools, in its connection with volitional action, as well as provoking some important methodological questions about how we might empirically trace, and promote, agency. The abstract of the article is as follows:

This article examines how transformative agency arises in families where parents are struggling with aspects of caring for young children. The mechanisms of how volitional action develops into transformative agency in everyday settings are not well understood. A fine-grained analysis of change is presented in the case of a parent who resolved difficulties relating to her daughter’s feeding. This case is situated within a broader dataset relating to diverse Australian parenting support services. Through double stimulation, parents used multiple auxiliary tools to construct new motives, enabling them to expand understandings and develop new possibilities for action. Evidence of transformative agency was apparent in longer trajectories in which the conditions of parenting were transformed. Relationships between expansive learning, double stimulation, and transformative agency are conceptualized dialectically, offering fresh insights into the dynamics of transformative agency ‘in the wild’.

Recommended for reading:

Nick Hopwood & Belinda Gottschalk (2020): From volitional action to transformative agency: double stimulation in services for families with young children, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2020.1805494

Project Moderators

Olga Rubtsova

PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood, MSUPE

Anna Shvedovskaya

PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Information & Publishing Projects, MSUPE

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