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Perspectives on Activity Theory : Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives (Paperback) - Yrjo Engestrom

Perspectives on Activity Theory

Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives (Paperback)

By: Yrjo Engestrom (Editor), Reijo Miettinen (Editor), Raija-Leena Punamaki (Editor), Roy Pea (Editor), John Seely Brown (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th April 1999
ISBN: 9780521437301
Number Of Pages: 480

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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 volume is the first comprehensive presentation of contemporary work in activity theory, with 26 original chapters 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 - a theme that played a central role in the work of Vygotsky and Luria. This part includes a chapter that analyzes writing activity in Japanese classrooms, and an original 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 new technology and the development of work activities. The final part covers issues of therapy and addiction.

Theoretical Issues
Activity theory and individual and social transformation
The content and unsolved problems of activity theory Vassily
Knowledge as shared procedures
Activity theory in a new era
Society versus context in individual development: does theory make a difference?
Cultural psychology: some general principles and a concrete example
Laws logics and human activity
Collapse creation and continuity in Europe - how do people change?
Activity theory and the concept of integrative levels
The relevance to psychology of Antonio Gramsci's ideas on activity and common sense
Language and its Acquisition
The expanded dialogic sphere: writing activity and authoring of self in Japanese classrooms
Improvement of school children's reading and writing ability through the formation of linguistic awareness
Psychomotor and socio-emotional processes in literacy acquisition: results from an ongoing case study involving a nonvocal cerebral palsic young man Matthias Bujarski
Play Learning and Instruction
Play and motivation Pentti Hakkarainen
Drama games with six year old children: possibilities and limitations
Activity formation as an alternative strategy of instruction
Activity theory and historic teaching
Didactic models and the problem of intertextuality and polyphony
Metaphor and learning activity
Transcending traditional school learning: teachers' work and networks of learning
Technology and Work
The theory of activity changed by information technology
Activity theory transformation of work and information systems design
Innovative learning in work teams: analyzing cycles of knowledge creation in practice
Therapy and Addiction
Object relations theory and activity theory: a proposed link by way of the procedural sequence model
The concept of sign in the work of Vygotsky, Winnicott and Bakhtin: further integration of object relations theory and activity theory
From addiction to self-governance
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ISBN: 9780521437301
ISBN-10: 052143730X
Series: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 5th April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.65

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