How to analyze and promote developmental activity research?

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Berthel Sutter
Title: How to analyze and promote developmental activity research?
Journal: Theory and Psychology
Year: 2011
Volume: 21
Issue: 5
Pagination: 697-714
ISSN: 0959-3543
Publisher: Sage
URI/DOI: 10.1177/0959354311419704
ISI number: 000295469900007
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Based on critical readings of the three main contributions of the special issue and on my own research experiences, the article points out three related features of developmental activity research projects as particularly challenging for the analysis and advancement of cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). One feature is the nature of the joint developmental project. A second feature is the researchers' role in the joint developmental activity. The third feature is the focus on the transformations of the central artifacts that make up the joint project. Finally, with departure from the stance that developmental activity research projects are propelled by two kinds of practitioners-the practitioners of research and the practitioners of another activity-which may support each other not only in practical matters but also with regard to concepts and perspectives, I consider advancement of CHAT methodology by outlining a beyond-interventionist methodology.
Subject: Human Work Science\Work Practice
Keywords: beyond interventionism; central artifacts, cultural-historical activity theory, developmental project, researchers' role