Examining teacher education through cultural-historical activity theory

Wilson, Viv (2014) Examining teacher education through cultural-historical activity theory. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN), 6 (1). pp. 20-29.

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Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) is an approach that can be used to analyse human interactions and relationships within particular social contexts. CHAT provides researchers with both a methodological framework, and the practical tools with which to apply it. It is being increasingly used to examine issues in teacher education, as well as in other fields, both in the UK and internationally. The CHAT approach enables researchers to consider the tensions,contradictions and different motives which may be brought to bear within a given context. It offers opportunities for reflection on our own assumptions, and those of others, and can stimulate new professional learning. This article provides a brief outline of the CHAT methodology and provides some examples of how it has been used as an analytical tool in different research studies of aspects of teacher education.

Key words
Cultural-historical activity theory; methodology; qualitative analysis; teacher education.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN)
Publisher: Unipress
ISSN: 2054-5266
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Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE)
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 12:16
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 12:30
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508


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