Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What is Activity Theory?

Following the work of Soviet theorists and psychologists (Leontiev, Vygotsky, ..), The activity theory postulates that consciousness is not a set of discrete disembodied cognitive acts (in English desembodied) such as taking decision or classification. It is also distinct from brain activity. 

The activity theory is the consciousness in daily practice and asserts that actions are always included in a social matrix composed of individuals and artifacts. Thus, as the mind works through artifacts, his work can be linked unconditionally and exclusively to the brain or the individual should be seen as distributed in the artifacts. Those artifacts are binding on individuals and the actions of a so permeable, changeable and festivals.

Thus, taking into account the context and the artifact for understanding the activity and group interaction is the fundamental nature of the activity theory. The purpose of this theory is rather complex systems of cooperation - at least of interaction - rather than individuals. While some approaches emphasize external representation, the activity theory attaches importance to the internalization of artifacts (eg the computer medium through cooperative work with computer assistance [cf. Engestrom] hand for a child learning to count on fingers,....) and the mediation process.

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