Disruptive innovation theory, innovative enterprise, and creativity

Recent reading has taken me on some divergent paths. Search-engine ‘innovation’ and some interesting things turn up. Anything from the theory of the firm to whether we can measure creativity – a subject that the TES is currently debating. All of this is relevant to a study of how students…

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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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This week I’ve mostly been…

… thinking about activity triangles.  And trying to draw them – a real challenge when you know nothing about technical drawing.  Luckily there are very kind and obliging young people in the office who are experts at Illustrator and helped me through to the right videos to watch on YouTube.…

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Entering the CHAT-universe

Hello.  This will be a Coventry University domain built by myself, Alison Rowland, to track my adventures looking at Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), Developmental Work Research (DWR) and Engeström’s expansive learning theory. I may be shortly embarking on a PhD looking at the application of expansive learning theory to the…

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