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Activity Theory In Practice

Author : Harry Daniels
ISBN : 9781136031748
Genre : Education
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This ground-breaking book brings together cutting-edge researchers who study the transformation of practice through the enhancement and transformation of expertise. This is an important moment for such a contribution because expertise is in transition - moving toward collaboration in inter-organizational fields and continuous shaping of transformations. To understand and master this transition, powerful new conceptual tools are needed and are provided here. The theoretical framework which has shaped these studies is Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). CHAT analyses how people and organisations learn to do something new, and how both individuals and organisations change. The theoretical and methodological tools used have their origins in the work of Lev Vygotsky and A.N. Leont’ev. In recent years this body of work has aroused significant interest across the social sciences, management and communication studies. Working as part of an integrated international team, the authors identify specific findings which are of direct interest to the academic community, such as: the analysis of vertical learning between operational and strategic levels within complex organizations; the refinement of notions of identity and subject position within CHAT; the introduction of the concept of ‘labour power’ into CHAT; the development of a method of analysing discourse which theoretically coheres with CHAT and the design of projects. Activity Theory in Practice will be highly useful to practitioners, researchers, students and policy-makers who are interested in conceptual and empirical issues in all aspects of ‘activity-based’ research.
Category: Education

Developmental Work Research

Author : Yrjö Engeström
ISBN : 9783865410696
Genre : Act (Philosophy)
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Category: Act (Philosophy)

Activity Theory And Social Practice

Author : Seth Chaiklin
ISBN : 8772888113
Genre : Social Science
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Presents revised versions of keynote lectures and invited panel discussions from a June 1998 meeting in Denmark. Eighteen anthropologists, philosophers, and psychologists offer a multidisciplinary approach to the study of activity, investigating both the cultural-historical traditions in social science, and specific social practices, including education, workplace collaboration, and individual development. Distributed by the David Brown Book Company. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Category: Social Science

Perspectives On Activity Theory

Author : Yrjö Engeström
ISBN : 052143730X
Genre : Psychology
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Activity theory is an interdisciplinary approach to human sciences that originates in the cultural-historical psychology school, initiated by Vygotsky, Leont'ev, and Luria. It takes the object-oriented, artifact-mediated collective activity system as its unit of analysis, thus bridging the gulf between the individual subject and the societal structure. This 1999 volume includes 26 chapters on activity theory by authors from ten countries. In Part I of the book, central theoretical issues are discussed from different points of view. Some topics addressed in this part are epistemology, methodology, and the relationship between biological and cultural factors. Part II is devoted to the acquisition and development of language. This part includes a chapter that analyzes writing activity in Japanese classrooms, and a case study of literacy skills of a man with cerebral palsy. Part III contains chapters on play, learning, and education, and Part IV addresses the meaning of technology and the development of work activities. The final part covers issues of therapy and addiction.
Category: Psychology

Activity Theory In Education

Author : Dilani S. P. Gedera
ISBN : 9789463003872
Genre : Education
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Activity Theory in Education: Research and Practice brings together cutting-edge scholars from a number of continents. Through in-depth case studies the authors highlight how Activity Theory is used in education and discuss the theoretical as well as pragmatic use of Activity Theory frameworks in a range of contemporary learning contexts. The first section of the book focuses on empirical research on using Activity Theory in analysing students’ and teachers’ experiences of learning and teaching in face-to-face and online learning contexts. The second section contains insights in identifying historical and systemic tensions in educational contexts using Activity Theory. The third section discusses conceptual and contextual aspects of educational contexts through Activity Theory, and Section four discusses the application of Activity Theory in understanding teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge and curriculum development. In spite of the widespread and rapidly increasing use of Activity Theory in educational research, few collections of this work are available. Activity Theory in Education: Research and Practice is such a much needed collection of practical experiences, theoretical insights and empirical research findings on the use of Activity Theory in educational settings.” – Yrjö Engeström, Centre for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE), The University of Helsinki.
Category: Education

The Theory And Practice Of Cultural Historical Psychology

Author : Seth Chaiklin
ISBN : UOM:39015051309675
Genre : Psychology
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This volume offers a selection of theoretical views and empirical investigations by researchers in Europe, South America and North America. The theoretical chapters seek to clarify and extend central concepts of the cultural-historical tradition, such as activity, internalisation, personality, the ideal, theory-practice, and forces and relations of production. The empirical chapters, many of them concerned with the role of communication in developing psychological functions, seek to engage, criticise and extend theoretical concepts such as language construction, role, competition and cooperation, internalization, intersubjectivity, heterogeneity of thinking and subjecting aspects of learning. Based on revised and extended papers presented at the 4th International Congress of the Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, this volume provides a useful introduction to a broad range of open research topics in contemporary cultural-historical psychology.
Category: Psychology

Learning And Expanding With Activity Theory

Author : Annalisa Sannino
ISBN : 9780521760751
Genre : Psychology
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There is a growing interest in activity theory across behavioral and social sciences. Activity theory has a very rich and solid heritage in the works of Vygotsky, Luria, and Leont'ev. The development of activity theory depends on the understanding of this heritage. However, this literature is very demanding and often proves inaccessible to new generations of scholars who want to pursue empirical studies. How can students and young researchers be helped to engage with this heritage as they carry out their inquiries in various social practices? This book provides researchers with an accessible text that also supports the use of the classic tradition of activity theory.
Category: Psychology

Plan Activity And Intent Recognition

Author : Gita Sukthankar
ISBN : 9780124017108
Genre : Computers
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Plan recognition, activity recognition, and intent recognition together combine and unify techniques from user modeling, machine vision, intelligent user interfaces, human/computer interaction, autonomous and multi-agent systems, natural language understanding, and machine learning. Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition explains the crucial role of these techniques in a wide variety of applications including: personal agent assistants computer and network security opponent modeling in games and simulation systems coordination in robots and software agents web e-commerce and collaborative filtering dialog modeling video surveillance smart homes In this book, follow the history of this research area and witness exciting new developments in the field made possible by improved sensors, increased computational power, and new application areas. Combines basic theory on algorithms for plan/activity recognition along with results from recent workshops and seminars Explains how to interpret and recognize plans and activities from sensor data Provides valuable background knowledge and assembles key concepts into one guide for researchers or students studying these disciplines
Category: Computers

Context And Consciousness

Author : Bonnie A. Nardi
ISBN : 0262140586
Genre : Computers
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Intended for designers and researchers, Context and Consciousness brings together 13 contributions that apply activity theory to problems of human-computer interaction. Understanding how people actually use computers in their everyday lives is essential to good design and evaluation. This insight necessitates a move out of the laboratory and into the field. The research described in Context and Consciousness presents activity theory as a means of structuring and guiding field studies of human-computer interaction, from practical design to theoretical development. Activity theory is a psychological theory with a naturalistic emphasis, with roots going back to the 1920s in the Soviet Union. It provides a hierarchical framework for describing activity and a set of perspectives on practice. Activity theory has been fruitfully applied in many areas of human need, including problems of mentally and physically handicapped children, educational testing, curriculum design, and ergonomics. There is growing interest in applying activity theory to problems of human- computer interaction, and an international community of researchers is contributing to the effort. Contributors Rachel Bellamy, Susanne Bødker, Ellen Christiansen, Yrjo Engeström, Virginia Escalante, Dorothy Holland, Victor Kaptelinin, Kari Kuutti, Bonnie A. Nardi, Arne Raeithel, James Reeves, Boris Velichkovksy, Vladimir P. Zinchenko
Category: Computers

Using Activity Theory

Author : Sara Cervai
ISBN : 1786356473
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COVER -- EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD -- Editorial -- Theorizing about practice: storytelling and practical knowledgein cancer diagnoses -- Carnivalization as a new modeof collaboration -- Work transformation followingthe implementation of anERP system -- The formation of germ cell fororganizational learning -- The dialectics of authoringexpansive learning: tracing thelong tail of a Change Laboratory