My first post- a very brief response to Wolf-Michael Roth note on primary, secondary and tertiary activity and signs/tools.
I research the use of innovative tools in educational settings using activity theory to identify the mediational processes involved in these activity settings.
I defined the differences in mediational processes of tools among primary, secondary and tertiary activity among teachers implementing a collaborative problem-based unit in an online workspace. I found that primary contradictions impacted their implementation of the online problem-based unit in ways implied by the name-- in an underlying and ongoing manner that impacted their responses throughout the activity. However, I found that professional development that identified and addressed these primary contradictions,through reflection and guided dialogs for instance, can facilitate expansion of their object and impact their implementation of innovative tools.
Donna L. Russell, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64110
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