Cultural Historical Activity Theory: a framework for educational research

Cultural Historical Activity Theory, often referred to as CHAT or Activity Theory, is less of a theory and more of a theoretical framework used in research to analyse human interaction through their use of artefacts.  First articulated by Lee Vygotsky as object-orientated action it has, more recently, been developed and refined by Yrjo Engestrӧm to form a 3rd, and potential 4th generation framework examining mediated action within an activity system. It is a socio-cultural lens through which goal-focused behaviour can be analysed holistically. Most recently used in the business sector and healthcare organisations, it is fast growing in the field of educational research. The framework is particularly relevant to research where the context has a significant social, cultural or historical impact and where change has taken/is taking place, as it has the potential to address complex educational practices. It is of particular use to research involving dynamic relationships and collective activities in the classroom where there is a common goal. This talk aims to provide a brief overview as well as a useful introduction to CHAT. It will then provide insights into its potential as an analytical tool using examples from my own research.


Date: Wednesday, 10th October 2018

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Room 506, Building 24

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