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Activity Theory as a framework for studying student interaction and knowledge construction in a web-based discussion forum.
Mälardalen University, School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6804-4638
2007 (English)In: Fundamental IS Issues, 2007, 129-141 p.Chapter in book (Other scientific)
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The question of whether Activity Theory can serve as an adequate theoretical framework for research within web-based distance education is analyzed and discussed in this paper. I describe my reflections regarding a comparison with a few different IS approaches, dealt with in the PhD course Fundamental IS Issues. After applying the AT approach on a distance course as a whole and also on a special case, a web-based discussion, I have found Activity Theory to be useful as a holistic and descriptive tool. My conclusions are that Activity Theory provides a language to describe and analyze key features of my research project regarding knowledge construction and interaction in web-based distance education. I have also found Activity Theory to facilitate my aim to find and develop new perspectives according to my research focus.

 

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2007. 129-141 p.
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web-based learning, collaboration, conflict
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-1488ISBN: 9789185485642 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-1488DiVA: diva2:113663
Available from: 2008-10-23 Created: 2008-10-23 Last updated: 2013-10-22Bibliographically approved

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