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Contemporary Approaches to Activity Theory

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The human mind is best understood when it is studied in the context of meaningful and goal-oriented interactions between individuals and their environment. These internal and external activities help to shape the human consciousness and experience. Contemporary Approaches to Activity Theory: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Behavior is an opportunity to study the complex, socially-oriented contexts of humans by considering the entirety of our environments: cultures, motivations, signs and tools, and various activities. Highlighting strategies in design, educational and work practice, and methodological analysis, this book is an essential reference source for academicians, researchers, and students interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the interaction between humans and their environments.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
    1. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
    2. EDUCATION
    3. WORK PRACTICE
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. PHILOSPHY OF ACTIVITY THEORY
    6. REFERENCES
  8. Section 1: Information and Communication Technology
    1. Chapter 1: Responsive Practices in Online Teacher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DISTANCE TEACHER EDUCATION IN ICELAND
      4. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      5. DATA AND METHODS
      6. RESULTS
      7. EMERGING PRACTICE BETWEEN STUDENTS AND LECTURERS
      8. NEW AND OLD PRACTICES IN THE DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESS
      9. FUTURE DIRECTIONS: INTER-ORGANISATIONAL COLLABORATION
      10. CONCLUSION
      11. REFERENCES
      12. ADDITIONAL READING
      13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 2: Young Learners
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      5. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY AND RESEARCH QUESTIONS
      6. METHODS AND DATA
      7. ANALYSIS
      8. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      9. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      10. CONCLUSION
      11. REFERENCES
      12. ADDITIONAL READING
      13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 3: Learning in Video-Mediated Classes
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
      5. THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
      6. PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL CONTEXTS
      7. PARTICIPATION AND IDENTITIES
      8. SPACES FOR LEARNING: REIFICATIONS AND ARTEFACTS
      9. THE EMPIRICAL STUDY
      10. ANALYSIS
      11. REIFICATION AND ARTEFACTS AT SCHOOL
      12. INTERACTION AND PARTICIPATION
      13. SOCIAL COMMUNITIES OF THE CLASS
      14. ROLES AND IDENTITIES
      15. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      16. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      17. CONCLUSION
      18. REFERENCES
      19. ADDITIONAL READING
      20. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 4: Game Construction Activity in Higher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH
      4. ARE THE GOOD STUDENTS JUST COMPETENT GAME PLAYERS?
      5. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTS OF THE STUDENTS’ ACTIVITIES?
      6. IDENTIFIED ACTIVITIES AND KINDS OF FEEDBACK
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  9. Section 2: Education
    1. Chapter 5: Collaborative Music Making and Artistic Agency
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ACTIVITY-THEORY, MUSIC EDUCATION, AND PERFORMANCE
      4. INTERVENTIONIST STUDIES OF MUSICAL PRACTICE
      5. THE TERM CONTRADICTIONS IN STUDIES OF MUSICAL PRACTICE
      6. THE TERM SCRIPT IN STUDIES OF MUSICAL PRACTICE
      7. INTERVENTIONIST STUDIES OF MUSICAL PRACTICE
      8. INTERPERSONAL ASPECTS OF MUSICAL AGENCY
      9. INTRAMUSICAL ASPECTS OF MUSICAL AGENCY
      10. INTRAPERSONAL ASPECTS OF MUSICAL AGENCY
      11. INTERVENTIONIST METHODOLOGY AND MUSICAL PRACTICE
      12. THE RESEARCHER’S POSITION AND DOUBLE ROLE
      13. THE ROLE AND FUNCTION OF THEORETICAL INPUT
      14. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      15. CONCLUSION
      16. REFERENCES
      17. ADDITIONAL READING
      18. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 6: Vocational Learning Mediated by Constructive Competition
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
      4. OBJECT OF ACTIVITY AND MEDIATING ARTIFACTS
      5. LEARNING, COMPETITIVE INTENTIONS AND MEDIATING ARTIFACTS
      6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 7: Project-Based Instruction in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PREVIOUS RESEARCH
      4. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      5. COLLECTING AND ANALYZING DATA
      6. FINDINGS AND DICUSSION
      7. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 8: Outdoor Science in Teacher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      4. METHODS
      5. LEARNING TO TEACH SCIENCE OUTDOORS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 9: Creative Musical Practice in an Educational Context
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. TEACHING AND LEARNING MUSIC: PROCESS OR PRODUCT?
      5. FORMAL AND INFORMAL LEARNING
      6. ANALYTICAL CONCEPTS FOR STUDYING ACTIVITY
      7. RESULTS OF THE STUDY
      8. PEDAGOGICAL STRUCTURES
      9. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      10. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      11. CONCLUSION
      12. REFERENCES
      13. ADDITIONAL READING
      14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  10. Section 3: Work Practice
    1. Chapter 10: Micro-Analysis of Concepts for Developing Networking in Social Work
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. NETWORKING SERVICES AND THE INTERVENTION
      4. DESIGNING THE METHOD OF INTERVENTION
      5. HYBRID CONCEPTS DEPLOYED AS INTERVENTION TOOLS
      6. THE WORKSHOPS IN SSDF
      7. USE OF THE METHOD
      8. MEDIATIONS IN CROSS-FUNCTIONAL SOCIAL WORK
      9. PROFESSIONAL CONCEPTS AS ANALYTICAL TOOLS
      10. THE STORY OF THE RUNAWAY CHILD: WHOSE WORRY?
      11. MICRO-ANALYSIS OF THE EPISODE
      12. DISCUSSION
      13. BENEFITS OF JOINT ANALYSIS
      14. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      15. CONCLUSION
      16. REFERENCES
      17. ADDITIONAL READING
      18. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 11: Explorative Actions in Search for a New Logic of Business Activity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
      3. INTRODUCTION
      4. FOCUS OF THE ARTICLE
      5. MANAGEMENT EFFORTS AT TRANSFORMING FICT´S BUSINESS ACTIVITY
      6. COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF LONGITUDINAL DATA
      7. FICT´S THREE MARKETING EVENTS BETWEEN 2007-2010
      8. EXPLORATIVE ACTIONS IN THE THREE MARKETING EVENTS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 12: Networking around Supervisors in an Industrial Corporation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LOGICS BEHIND GENERALIZATIONS
      4. INTERVENTION DESIGN AND DATA
      5. EXPANSION OF CLIENT UNDERSTANDING
      6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 13: Interventions for Learning at Global Workplaces
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DENATURALIZING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
      4. DEVELOPMENTAL VISIONS OF GLOBAL WORK PRACTICES
      5. CROSS-CULTURAL INTERVENTION FOR LEARNING
      6. INTERVENTION IN ACTION
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  11. Section 4: Methodology
    1. Chapter 14: Subject Matter Analysis in Physical Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
      5. PROBLEM STATEMENT AND PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
      6. ANALYSIS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
      7. ANALYSING CASES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION
      8. DISCUSSION
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 15: Modeling and Analyzing Contextual Influences
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. PROBLEM STATEMENT AND PURPOSE
      4. PREVIOUS RESEARCH
      5. RESULT
      6. INTERPRETING THE RESULT
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 16: Creativity in Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. VYGOTSKY’S THEORY OF IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY
      4. PLAYWORLDS AND EXPLORATORY LEARNING
      5. THE RESEARCH PROJECT
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 17: Acculturation Processes and Expatriate Behavior
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PROBLEM AND PURPOSE
      4. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. SURVEY RESULTS
      7. INTERVIEW RESULTS
      8. INTERPRETING QUANTITATIVE DATA
      9. INTERPRETING QUALITATIVE DATA
      10. INTEGRATED INTERPRETATION
      11. DISCUSSING THE RESULT
      12. SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
      13. CONCLUSION
      14. REFERENCES
      15. ADDITIONAL READING
      16. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 18: Constitution of Objects in DWR Activity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THREE PROJECTS
      4. CONCLUSION
      5. REFERENCES
      6. ADDITIONAL READING
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Section 5: Philosophy of Activity Theory
    1. Chapter 19: Vygotsky, Heidegger, and Gadamer on Moral Development
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
      4. VYGOTSKY AND HEIDEGGER
      5. VYGOTSKY, GADAMER AND MORAL LEARNING
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 20: Mapping [Capital v.2.0]
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. UPTAKE IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: A QUESTION OF CAPITAL
      3. CAPITAL: A CONCEPT BEYOND MONEY
      4. THE FIRST MOVEMENT: BOURDIEU MEETS ILYENKOV
      5. VIVISECTING CLASS AND CAPITAL
      6. ON CAPITAL AND SCIENCE
      7. DIFFERENTIATION OF CULTURAL CAPITAL
      8. THE SECOND MOVEMENT: EVENTS AND ASSEMBLAGES OF ACTIVITY
      9. A MAP OF EVENTS: CAPITAL BEYOND ESSENCE
      10. CONCLUSION
      11. REFERENCES
      12. ADDITIONAL READING
      13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 21: Reflections on the Theory of Activity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS
      4. PROBLEM STATEMENT
      5. ACTIVITY THEORY AND THE CULTURAL-HISTORICAL SCHOOL
      6. NAME-DROPPING VS. ARGUMENTATION
      7. DIALECTICS AND ACTIVITY THEORY
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Compilation of References
  14. About the Contributors