Perspectives On Activity Theory by Yrjö EngeströmPerspectives On Activity Theory by Yrjö Engeström

Perspectives On Activity Theory

EditorYrjö Engeström, Reijo Miettinen, Raija-Leena Punamäki

Paperback | January 13, 1999

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Activity theory is an interdisciplinary approach to human sciences that originates in the cultural-historical psychology school of thought, intitiated by Vygotsky, Leont'ev and Luria. Activity theory 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 twenty-six original chapters by authors from ten countries. The first part of the book discusses central theoretical issues, and the second part is devoted to the acquisition and development of language. Part Three contains chapters on play, learning, and education, and Part Four addresses the meaning of new technology and the development of work activities. The final section covers issues of therapy and addiction.
Title:Perspectives On Activity TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.06 inPublished:January 13, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052143730X

ISBN - 13:9780521437301


Table of Contents

Part I. Theoretical Issues: 1. Activity theory and individual and social transformation Yrjo Engeström; 2. The content and unsolved problems of activity theory Vassily V. Davydov; 3. Knowledge as shared procedures Stephen Toulmin; 4. Activity theory in a new era Vladimir A. Letkorsky; 5. Society versus context in individual development: does theory make a difference? Charles W. Tolman; 6. Cultural psychology: some general principles and a concrete example Michael Cole; 7. Laws logics and human activity Antti Eskola; 8. Collapse creation and continuity in Europe - how do people change? Yrjo-Paavo Hayrynen; 9. Activity theory and the concept of integrative levels Eythel Tobach; 10. The relevance to psychology of Antonio Gramsci's ideas on activity and common sense Francesco Paolo Colucci; Part II. Language and its Acquisition: 11. The expanded dialogic sphere: writing activity and authoring of self in Japanese classrooms Yuji Moro; 12. Improvement of school children's reading and writing ability through the formation of linguistic awareness Kyoshi Amano; 13. Psychomotor and socio-emotional processes in literacy acquisition: results from an ongoing case study involving a nonvocal cerebral palsic young man Matthias Bujarski Martin Hildebrand-Nilshon and Jane Kordt; Part III. Play Learning and Instruction: 14. Play and motivation Pentti Hakkarainen; 15. Drama games with six year old children: possibilities and limitations Stig Brostrom; 16. Activity formation as an alternative strategy of instruction Joachim Lompscher; 17. Activity theory and historic teaching Mariane Hedegaard; 18. Didactic models and the problem of intertextuality and polyphony Jacques Carpay and Bert Van Oers; 19. Metaphor and learning activity Bernd Fichtner; 20. Transcending traditional school learning: teachers' work and networks of learning Reijo Miettinen; Part IV. Technology and Work: 21. The theory of activity changed by information technology Oleg K. Tikhomirov; 22. Activity theory transformation of work and information systems design Kari Kuutti; 23. Innovative learning in work teams: analyzing cycles of knowledge creation in practice Yrjö Engeström; Part V. Therapy and Addiction: 24. Object relations theory and activity theory: a proposed link by way of the procedural sequence model Anthony Ryle; 25. The concept of sign in the work of Vygotsky, Winnicott and Bakhtin: further integration of object relations theory and activity theory Mikael Leiman; 26. From addiction to self-governance Anja Koski-Jannes.