ERIC Number: EJ895333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Looking from a CHAT-IT Perspective to Undergraduate Mexican Physics: Organizational Trajectories or Professors as Agents of Change?
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v5 n3 p735-741 Sep 2010
Recent elaborations on cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) (Engestrom et al., eds., "Perspectives on activity theory." New York: Cambridge University Press, "1999") and its relation to organizational theories have produced a theoretical amalgam of these earlier ideas, which allow for the exploration of learning in formal organizational contexts such as schools. In this paper I reflect on Candela's work situated in undergraduate Mexican physics by drawing attention to the CHAT-IT framework (Ogawa et al., "Educational Researcher" 37(2):83-95, "2008") as a viable lens. I suggest that it is important to understand the historical development of the Mexican university as an educational organization as well as the role of physics professors as agents of change whose practices contribute to not only breaking classroom walls but also to transforming the organization affecting future activity systems.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Physics, Educational Researchers, Organizational Theories, Mexicans, Change Agents, Undergraduate Students, Models, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico