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ERIC Number: EJ833999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-1074-9039
Object of Activity and Individual Motivation
Miettinen, Reijo
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v12 n1 p52-69 Feb 2005
A. N. Leontiev (1978) introduced the philosophical concept of practice, or "objective activity" into psychology to reconsider its foundations, and in this context he elaborated the concept of the object of activity. This article deals with the co-formation of an object of a collective activity and of the goals, motives and capabilities of individuals. This is discussed by taking as starting points the social and practical origins of human needs, the complex and contradictory nature of an object of activity and division of labor. The concept of artifact-mediated desire for recognition is introduced as a resource for making sense of the formation of the individual motives in collective work activities. The object-related individual capabilities that are generated in a collective activity are transferable to other activities, thus constituting the basis of professional recognition, identity and career aspirations. The nature of this co-evolution is clarified using the work of a biotechnical laboratory as an example. (Contains 1 table and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland