ERIC Number: ED485000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 14
A Cultural Historical Activity Theory [CHAT] Analysis of Technology Integration: Case Study of Two Teachers
Koszalka, Tiffany A.; Wu, Chun-Ping
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
Classic research methods are ineffective in capturing the dynamic relationships among users, technology, and outcomes for technology integration research. Cognitive research attempts to eliminate environmental variability and test for recall and transferability of knowledge representations. Such approaches lead to arguably ineffective measures of learning. Activity theory provides a holistic framework to investigate relationships among the elements present in a technology integration activity. These research approaches are compared. A CHAT framework is suggested as an appropriate structure for analyzing technology integration efforts. This approach focuses on the dynamic relationships among individuals, goals, tools, community members, and mediating factors that are the elements of any human activity. An example of this framework in practice is presented. A research model generated from applying CHAT approach is proposed.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Washington, DC.