• Activity Theory, ANT, or Distributed Cognition

    Activity Theory, Actor Network Theory, and Distributed Cognition have all been used to describe technology and learning, generally in isolation of one another even though they appear to be theoretical cousins.  Acting with Technology by Kaptelinin and Nardi does a really nice job of explaining their nuances and differences, and if you read one chapter from this book make it Chapter 9, where a response to the question “What is the difference between these theories?” is wrapped up in a nice tidy bow. Of note in this chapter is the topic of technology resistance, something we identified in our data in the second phase of our digital learners research (a short version of…

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