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Activity Theory in Distance Education

Last updated November 24, 2012 - 11:53pm by Rob Power

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 http://www.pontydysgu.org/2009/12/vygotsky-activity-theory-and-the-use-of-tools-for-formal-and-informal-learning/

Ballantyne, P. (2004).  Leontiev’s activity theory approach to psychology: Activity as the “molar unit of life” and his “levels of psyche.”  Retrieved from http://www.igs.net/~pballan/AT.htm

Chaiklin, S. (2003).  The zone of proximal development in Vygotsky’s analysis of learning and instruction.  Retrieved from http://people.ucsc.edu/~gwells/Files/Courses_Folder/documents/chaiklin.zpd.pdf

Edwards, A. (2011). Cultural historical activity theory: British Educational Research Association online resource.  Retrieved from http://www.bera.ac.uk/resources/cultural-historical-activity-theory-chat

Engström, Y. (1997). Learning by expanding: An activity-theoretical approach to developmental research.  Retrieved from http://lchc.ucsd.edu/MCA/Paper/Engestrom/expanding/toc.htm

Impedovo M. A. (2011). Mobile learning and Activity Theory.Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, English Edition, 7(2), 103-109.  Retrieved from http://je-lks.maieutiche.economia.unitn.it/index.php/Je-LKS_EN/article/viewFile/525/530

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 http://www.sigchi.org/chi97/proceedings/tutorial/bn.htm

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 http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120155

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 http://www.numerons.in/files/documents/10Learning-and-Expanding-with-Activity-Theory.pdf

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 http://www.mlearn.org/mlearn2005/CD/papers/Sharples-%20Theory%20of%20Mobile.pdf

Wikipedia (2012, November 12).  Activity theory.  Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activity_theory

Wilson, T. (2012). Web links on Activity Theory.  Retrieved from http://informationr.net/ir/ATLinks.html

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