Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2013

Publication Source

To Improve the Academy

Volume

32

Inclusive pages

21-38

Publisher

Jossey-Bass

Place of Publication

San Francisco

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Faculty developers must often mediate the conflicts resulting from the differences between the seemingly mutually exclusive cultures that university technologists and university teachers inhabit. Activity Theory embraces workplace conflict as normal and as contributing to organization health and adaptation, in contrast to a functionalist approach which focuses on how to maintain system equilibrium. Engeström’s (1987) interpretation of Activity Theory provides a theoretically informed framework for understanding different forms of human activity, mediated by culturally molded rules, values, and division of labor, without suffering from the polarizing effects of an “Us vs Them” approach.

Keywords

Faculty development, workplace culture, activity theory

Disciplines

Education

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Education Commons

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