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Activity Theory in Distance Education: Revision

Resources for Further Study

The following is a list of resources that might be of help for anyone who wants to learn more about Activity Theory or the zone of proximal development in a distance and mobile education context.  These resources were compiled while working on an assignment for EDDE 803.  Some of these links are for references I used in my learning theories assignment (Assignment #3).  Others are for useful resources that I have come across, but did not directly reference in my paper.  Please feel free to suggest additional resources by posting a comment!

Activity Theory Resources

Atwell, G. (2009, December 21).  Vygotsky, Activity Theory and the use of tools for formal and informal learning.  [Web log comment].  Retrieved from

Ballantyne, P. (2004).  Leontiev’s activity theory approach to psychology: Activity as the “molar unit of life” and his “levels of psyche.”  Retrieved from

Chaiklin, S. (2003).  The zone of proximal development in Vygotsky’s analysis of learning and instruction.  Retrieved from

Edwards, A. (2011). Cultural historical activity theory: British Educational Research Association online resource.  Retrieved from

Engström, Y. (1997). Learning by expanding: An activity-theoretical approach to developmental research.  Retrieved from

Impedovo M. A. (2011). Mobile learning and Activity Theory.Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, English Edition, 7(2), 103-109.  Retrieved from

Kaptelinin, V. & Nardi, B. (2006). Acting with technology: Activity theory and interaction design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kaptelinin, V. & Nardi, B. (2007). Activity Theory: Basic concepts and applications.  Retrieved from

Koole, M. L., (2009). A model for framing mobile learning. In M. Ally (Ed.), Mobile learning: Transforming the delivery of education and training, 25-47. Edmonton, AB: AU Press. Retrieved from

Kuutti, K. (1995).  Activity Theory as a potential framework for human computer interaction research.  In B. Nardi (Ed.), Context and consciousness: Activity Theory and human computer interaction (pp. 17-44).  Cambridge: MIT Press.

Murphy, E. & Rodriguez-Manzanares, M. (2007).  An Activity Theory perspective on e-teaching in a virtual high school classroom.  Proceedings of the 10th IASTED international conference: Computers and advanced technology in education, 121-126.

Russell, D. (2001).  Looking beyond the interface: Activity theory and distributed learning.  In Lea, M. (Ed.), Understanding distributed learning, 64-82.  London: Routledge.

Sannino, A., Daniels, H. & Gutierrez, K. (2009). Learning and expanding with Activity Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   Retrieved from

Sharples, M., Taylor, J. & Vavoula, G. (2005).  Towards a theory of mobile learning.  Paper presented at the 4th Annual World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2005), Cape Town, South Africa.  Retrieved from

Wikipedia (2012, November 12).  Activity theory.  Retrieved from

Wilson, T. (2012). Web links on Activity Theory.  Retrieved from