Envisioning Creative Collaboration Between Faculty and Technologists
To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development
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Faculty developers must often mediate conflicts resulting from differences between seemingly mutually exclusive cultures that university technologists and university teachers inhabit. Activity theory embraces workplace conflict as normal and as contributing to organizing health and adaptation, in contrast to a functionalist approach that focuses on how to maintain system equilibrium. Engestrom'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-versus-them approach.
activity theory, academic development, critical theory, organization development, organizational culture
Educational Leadership | Higher Education Administration | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture | Teacher Education and Professional Development
Gail A. Rathbun, Sally Kuhlenschmidt, and David Sacks (2013).
Envisioning Creative Collaboration Between Faculty and Technologists. To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development.32, 21-38. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.