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Perspectives on Activity Theory

Activity theory is an interdisciplinary approach to human sciences that originates in the cultural-historical psychology school of thought, initiated by Vygotsky, Leont’ev and Luria.  Activity theory takes the object-oriented, artifact-mediated collective activity system as its unit of analysis, thus bridging … Continue reading

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A cultural-historical approach to distributed cognition

Our own rediscovery of the distribute nature of mind has grown from our acquaintance with the cultural-historical school of psychology. Consequently, we have decided to explore approaches to distributed cognition by tracing this line of thinking back to the origins … Continue reading

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New Technology and Habits of Mind

The centrality of technology in human life has manifested itself throughout history in all cultures and civilisations. This paper examines the role of new technology in restructuring processes of thinking and knowing, and its impact on social practices of knowledge … Continue reading

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Frameworks for understanding the nature of interactions, networking, and community in a social networking site for academic practice

Read This paper describes a new social networking site, Cloudworks, which has been developed to enable discussion and sharing of learning and teaching ideas/designs and to promote reflective academic practice. The site aims to foster new  forms of social and … Continue reading

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Collective Development in Open-Source Communities – An Activity Theoretical Perspective on Successful Online Collaboration

Read Online collaboration is often organized without strong predetermined rules or central authority, which is why coordination and ways of organizing cooperation become crucial elements of collaboration. This article investigates how online projects can overcome problems of dispersed work, solve … Continue reading

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Use-Value and the Re-thinking of Skills, Learning and the Labour Process

Read Reviewing multiple traditions of social analysis of work, skill and knowledge this article seeks to renew the possibility for a critical, integrated approach. Contextualizing and then criticizing the ongoing ‘up-skilling/de-skilling impasse’, I offer discussion of several alternative conceptual resources … Continue reading

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“Vygotsky’s Neglected Legacy” – Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Read The authors describe an evolving theoretical framework that has been called one of the best kept secrets of academia: cultural-historical activity theory, the result of proposals Lev Vygotsky first articulated but that his students and followers substantially developed to … Continue reading

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The Self in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory – Reclaiming the Unity of Social and Individual Dimensions of Human Development

This paper suggests a framework in which the importance of the individual dimension and agency can be reclaimed within a profoundly social and relational view of the self. Juxtaposed with recent research on the self, cultural-historical activity theory is discussed, … Continue reading

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Activity Theory and the Social Construction of Knowledge

The more foundational epistemological stance of activity theory is seldom explored. I argue that activity theory has an original and potentially powerful approach to the social construction of knowledge. This approach may prove useful for practice-based attempts to reconceptualize knowledge … Continue reading

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The transformation of learning: advances in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Learning is a changing phenomenon, depending on the advances in theory and research. This book presents a relatively new approach to learning, based on meaningful human activities in cultural practices and in collaboration with others. It draws extensively from the … Continue reading

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