Category Archives: Activity theory

Community Service-learning and Cultural-historical Activity Theory

This paper explores the potential of cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT), to provide new insights into community service-learning (CSL) in higher education. While CSL literature acknowledges the influences of John Dewey and Paolo Freire, discussion of the potential contribution of cultural-historical … Continue reading

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Cultural Psychology: a once and future discipline

This book is an attempt to answer two questions: “Why do psychologists find it so difficult to keep culture in mind?” and “If you are a psychologist who believes that culture is a fundamental constituent of human thought and action, … Continue reading

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Cultural-Historical Perspectives on Teacher Education and Development

Teachers, both in and beyond teacher education programmes, are continual learners. As society itself evolves, new settings and the challenges they provide require new learning. Teachers must continually adapt to new developments that affect their work, including alterations to qualification … Continue reading

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Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory

The book is a collection about cultural-historical activity theory as it has been developed and applied by Yrjö Engeström. The work of Engeström is both rooted in the legacy of Vygotsky and Leont’ev and focuses on current research concerns that … Continue reading

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Activity Theory, Authentic Learning and Emerging Technologies

Although emerging technologies are becoming popularised for teaching, learning and research, the relationship between their use and transformative effects on higher education remain largely unexplored. This edited collection seeks to fill this gap by providing a nuanced view, locating higher … Continue reading

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Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Education

The purpose of this book is to establish a broader context for rethinking science learning and teaching by using cultural historical activity theoretic approach. Activity theory already steps in its third generation and only a few works have been done … Continue reading

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Activity Systems Analysis Methods: Understanding Complex Learning Environments

In the last two decades, there has been growing interest in pursuing theoretical paradigms that capture complex learning situations. Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) is one of several theoretical frameworks that became very popular among educational researchers because it conceptualizes individuals … Continue reading

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A Cultural and Systemic View of Distributed Creativity

This article discusses the limitations of the first generation of creativity-management technologies based on the psychological theories of intelligence and problem-solving. The turn into a cultural and systemic conception in the psychology of creativity is analyzed. It is argued that … Continue reading

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Cognition in practice: mind, mathematics, and culture in everyday life

Most previous research on human cognition has focused on problem-solving and has confined its investigations to the laboratory.  As a result, it has been difficult to account for complex mental processes and their place in culture and history. In this … Continue reading

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From relational ontology to transformative activist stance on development and learning: expanding Vygotsky’s (CHAT) project

This paper offers steps towards overcoming current fragmentation within sociocultural approaches by expansively reconstructing a broad dialectical view on human development and learning (drawing on Vygotsky’s project) underwritten by ideology of social justice. The common foundation for sociocultural approaches is … Continue reading

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