FW: Reflection and change in a CHAT/Cultural Psychology paradigm

From: Carol Macdonald (macdonaldc@educ.wits.ac.za)
Date: Sat Mar 20 2004 - 20:18:11 PST

Phillip wrote:
    Carol - been thinking about your question - so close to home for me
as a teacher -

      so activity theory is about the ways the tools, rules and labour are
used by members of a community to achieve a particular object -

      and in schools teachers as members of the school community are all
working for an object of change - change in students' learning and change
in teachers' teaching with often changes in materials (tools), rules
(teaching methods) and labour (who does what in the classroom and outside of
the classroom) - again, all focused on change -

     i see reflective practice as one of the tools used by the teachers as a
way of evaluating the success of the tools, rules and labour within
particular actions within the classroom -

     so within activity theory, the unit of analysis here would be the
activity of reflection, what tools are used for the reflection, the rules of
the practice of reflection, the labour, as in who does what within the
collaboration that supports the object of reflective practice - then, the
new ways of understanding that arise out of the reflective practice - those
new ways become tools to use within the greater activity of teaching within
the school, and supports that object, change.

my two bits worth.


phillip white
school of education
university of colorado at Denver
[Carol Macdonald] Thank you Phillip-that is really MOST helpful; you got me
there much faster than I could have. I will acknowledge you effusively!!

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