All systems go!

The proposal is approved, the funding is sorted, and I am all ready to start formally on the 25 September 2017.  This is very exciting, and I’ll be using some of the summer weather to complete the Lit Review and plan the research in more detail.  Professor Yrjö Engeström has…

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Activity theory and ancient history – not as far away as you might think

My original degree – decades ago now, as the tutor I just asked for a research reference reminded me – was in Ancient and Modern History.  It was quite a radical proposition to do a combined degree at Oxford at the time.  I got there by starting a Classics degree…

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Thinking about methods and methodology

I’ve been reading about the methodology of case studies. Yin (2003) warns against being ‘biased by pre-conceived notions, including those derived from theory’ p 56. This is a risk for the study to be undertaken, as the nature of DWR is to suggest a method (the Change laboratory) to be…

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More thoughts on context

This week I’ve been reviewing my research proposal after more helpful comments from colleagues here, and thinking more about the justification for using CHAT and expansive learning theory as the chosen theoretical underpinnings. The revised proposal is on the proposal page – please visit if you haven’t so far and…

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Why Cultural-Historical Activity Theory?

CHAT is a complex theory, deeply routed in the tradition of Vygostkian psychology, developed through a belief in the human construction of knowledge.  So why use something so complex to describe learning?  My answer would be because context is everything, and for me CHAT starts and ends with context.  The culture, the…

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