Context and Consciousness: Activity Theory and Human-Computer Interaction / Edition 1

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Intended for designers and researchers, Context and Consciousness brings together 13 contributions that apply activity theory to problems of human-computer interaction.Understanding how people actually use computers in their everyday lives is essential to good design and evaluation. This insight necessitates a move out of the laboratory and into the field. The research described in Context and
Consciousness presents activity theory as a means of structuring and guiding field studies of human-computer interaction, from practical design to theoretical development. Activity theory is a psychological theory with a naturalistic emphasis,
with roots going back to the 1920s in the Soviet Union. It provides a hierarchical framework for describing activity and a set of perspectives on practice. Activity theory has been fruitfully applied in many areas of human need, including problems of mentally and physically handicapped children, educational testing, curriculum design, and ergonomics. There is growing interest in applying activity theory to problems of human- computer interaction, and an international community of researchers is contributing to the effort.Contributors : Rachel Bellamy. Susanne
Bødker. Ellen Christiansen. Yrjo Engeström. Virginia Escalante. Dorothy Holland.
Victor Kaptelinin. Kari Kuutti. Bonnie A. Nardi. Arne Raeithel. James Reeves. Boris
Velichkovksy. Vladimir P. Zinchenko.

The MIT Press

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Editorial Reviews

Essays apply activity theory, a psychological theory with a naturalistic emphasis that came to fruition in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, to problems of human-computer interaction. Sections on activity theory basics, activity theory in practical design, and theoretical development look at areas including activity theory as a potential framework for human-computer interactions research, and team perspectives on the intellectual work of programming. For those involved in the human-computer interaction community. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262140584
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Nardi is Professor in the Department of Informatics in the School of
Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.
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Table of Contents

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1 Activity Theory and Human-Computer Interaction 7
2 Activity Theory as a Potential Framework for Human-Computer Interaction Research 17
3 Computer-Mediated Activity: Functional Organs in Social and Developmental Contexts 45
4 Studying Context: A Comparison of Activity Theory, Situated Action Models, and Distributed Cognition 69
5 Activity Theory: Implications for Human-Computer Interaction 103
6 Designing Educational Technology: Computer-Mediated Change 123
7 Applying Activity Theory to Video Analysis: How to Make Sense of Video Data in HCI 147
8 Tamed by a Rose: Computers as Tools in Human Activity 175
9 Joint Attention and Co-Construction of Tasks: New Ways to Foster User-Designer Collaboration 199
10 Some Reflections on the Application of Activity Theory 235
11 Activity Theory and the View from Somewhere: Team Perspectives on the Intellectual Work of Programming 257
12 Developing Activity Theory: The Zone of Proximal Development and Beyond 283
13 Mundane Tool or Object of Affection? The Rise and Fall of the Postal Buddy 325
14 Epilogue 375
Contributors 381
Index 383
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