Great Resource IMHO: Re: [xmca] New book "Acting with technology: AT and interaction design"

From: Tony Whitson <twhitson who-is-at UDel.Edu>
Date: Tue Apr 24 2007 - 07:42:45 PDT

I have read this book, which somebody else is reviewing for MCA.
I am reviewing three other books in the MIT series that's anchored by this
text. (Actually, one of my 3 was before the series started as such).
For links & comments, see "Curriculum & the post-(cognitivist) synthesis"

This book includes background & a "primer" on Activity Theory, and some
discussion of varieties of activity theory. I am one of the least
qualified people on this list to judge the adequacy of that discussion. I
can however vouch for the quality in the series in the treatment of other
traditions (semiotics, phenomenology, Bakhtinian genre theory, etc.) that
I am more familiar with. Oh, as for CHAT, they seem to have involved Mike
Cole heavily as a consulting source as they were writing.

Another feature of the series is that all of the books develop theoretical
elaborations through concrete applications in the area of HCI
(human-computer interaction). The value is not limited to people
interested in HCI, however.

On Tue, 24 Apr 2007, Bruce Robinson wrote:

> At:
> there is the following:
> Thanks to MIT Press, Victor Kaptelinin, and Bonnie Nardi, First Monday is
> pleased to present excerpts from Victor and Bonnie’s latest book Acting with
> Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design. This book describes how
> activity theory helps us understand our relationships with technology. As
> such, it is the first book to describe the fundamentals of activity theory.
> The table of contents for Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and
> Interaction Design follows with links to the Chapter 1: Introduction, Chapter
> 9: Postcognitivist Theories in Interaction Design, and Chapter 10: Artifacts,
> Agency, and (A)symmetry.
> Bruce Robinson
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Tony Whitson
UD School of Education

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  are obliged to read the same story everywhere"
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