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Activity Theory Perspectives on Technology in Higher Education

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Activity Theory is a tool that can help make sense of the complex changes taking place in higher education because of the integration of technology. Unlike other theories, it allows for a focus that includes elements in the social, cultural, and historical setting in which the technology is used. In addition, it supports consideration of the practices of individual students and educators as well as practices at the institutional level. Activity Theory Perspectives on Technology in Higher Education presents a compelling theory that will be useful for researchers, academics, policy makers, administrators, and instructors interested in understanding and controlling the shifts that are occurring in education due to the integration of technology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Preface
    1. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
  6. Acknowledgment
  7. Section 1: Making Sense of the Complex World of Higher Education
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE AFFORDANCES OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
      4. FROM AFFORDANCES TO EXPANDED TRANSFORMATIONS
      5. FROM AFFORDANCES TO DISCONNECTS
      6. FROM DISCONNECTS TO INNOVATION
      7. FROM INNOVATION TO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES
      8. FROM INDIVIDUAL VARIABLES TO COMPLEX SYSTEMS
      9. FROM SOCIOCULTURAL TO ACTIVITY THEORY PERSPECTIVES
      10. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: An Overview of Activity Theory in Technology-Mediated Higher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION: A THEORY WITH A REPUTATION
      3. A REPUTATION OF A “DIFFERENT FLAVOUR”
      4. ACTIVITY THEORY AS A TOOL OR FRAMEWORK
      5. COMPARISONS WITH OTHER APPROACHES
      6. DEVELOPMENT WITHIN PRACTICAL SOCIOCULTURAL ACTIVITIES
      7. ACTIVITY SYSTEM AS THE UNIT OF ANALYSIS
      8. THE VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF ACTIVITY SYSTEMS
      9. THE EYE OF THE ACTIVITY SYSTEM: THE SUBJECT
      10. THE WHY OF THE ACTIVITY SYSTEM: THE OBJECT
      11. THE HALLMARK OF LIVING THE LIFE OF A HUMAN BEING: TOOLS
      12. COMMUNITY
      13. DIVISION OF LABOUR
      14. NORMS
      15. THE ACTIVITY SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
      16. AN ACTIVITY THEORY ANALYSIS OF ACTIVITY THEORY
      17. WRITING THIS BOOK AS AN ACTIVITY SYSTEM
      18. ETHICS, VALUES, AND EMOTIONS IN ACTIVITY THEORY
      19. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: The Activity System of Higher Education Students Using Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SUBJECT
      4. TOOLS
      5. OBJECT
      6. NORMS
      7. COMMUNITY
      8. DIVISION OF LABOUR
      9. OUTCOMES
      10. SUMMARY OF THE ACTIVITY SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS USING TECHNOLOGY
      11. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: Contradictions and Technology in Higher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONTRADICTIONS: FROM UNDERLYING DISCONNECTS TO SURFACE PROBLEMS
      4. STUDIES OF CONTRADICTIONS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONTEXTS
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: From Contradictions to Expansive Transformations in Technology-Mediated Higher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION: FROM CONTRADICTIONS TO TRANSFORMATION
      3. AN EXPANDED FORM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
      4. SUMMARY OF THE EXPANDED FORM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
      5. FROM STATUS QUO TO REVOLUTION: THE HOW OF EXPANSIVE TRANSFORMATION
      6. TOP-DOWN AND BOTTOM-UP
      7. CONCLUSION: POSSIBLE FUTURES
  8. Section 2: Activity Theory Applied to the Study of Higher Education International Students in Technology-Mediated Learning
    1. Chapter 6: A Review of Activity Theory Studies of Domestic and International Students Using Technology in Higher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODS
      4. STUDIES INCLUDED IN THE REVIEW
      5. PURPOSES OF STUDIES AND RATIONALE FOR ACTIVITY THEORY USE
      6. TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED LEARNING
      7. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
      8. FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND IMPLICATIONS
      9. COMPARISON WITH OUR STUDIES
      10. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 7: An Activity Theory Study of Higher Education International Students’ Use of Computers and the Internet for Academic and Non-Academic Purposes
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODS
      4. FINDINGS
      5. SUMMARY OF STUDENTS’ ACTIVITY SYSTEM
      6. CONTRADICTIONS
      7. OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPANSIVE TRANSFORMATIONS
      8. LIMITATIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 8: Portraits of the Activity Systems of International Higher Education Students in Online Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODS
      4. PORTRAITS
      5. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 9: Cross-Analysis of the Activity Systems of Higher Education International Students in Online Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OBJECT
      4. TOOLS
      5. NORMS
      6. COMMUNITY
      7. DIVISION OF LABOUR
      8. OUTCOMES
      9. AGGREGATE PORTRAIT OF STUDENTS’ ACTIVITY SYSTEM
      10. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 10: Contradictions and Expansive Transformation in the Activity Systems of Higher Education International Students in Online Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DISCONNECT 1: TEACHING PRESENCE
      4. EXPANDING THE NORMS, TOOLS, DIVISION OF LABOUR, AND COMMUNITY
      5. EXPANDING THE OBJECT
      6. DISCONNECT 2: REAL PRESENCE
      7. EXPANDING THE NORMS AND TOOLS
      8. EXPANDING THE OBJECT
      9. DISCONNECT 3: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PRESENCE
      10. EXPANDING THE NORMS
      11. AN EXPANDED ACTIVITY SYSTEM FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ONLINE LEARNING
      12. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 11: Conclusion
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BEYOND ACTIVITY THEORY
      4. EXPANDING BELIEFS
      5. EXPANDING CONCEPTIONS OF LEARNING
      6. EXPANDING CONTROL
      7. EXPANDING SUPPORT
      8. EXPANDING THE TOOLS
      9. EXPANDING BOUNDARIES
      10. LIMITATIONS
      11. CONCLUSION
  9. Compilation of References
  10. About the Authors