Title

Envisioning Creative Collaboration Between Faculty and Technologists

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2013

Publication Source

To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development

Volume

32

Inclusive pages

21-38

Publisher

Jossey-Bass

Place of Publication

San Francisco

ISBN/ISSN

978-1-118-74643-1

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

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.

Keywords

activity theory, academic development, critical theory, organization development, organizational culture

Disciplines

Educational Leadership | Higher Education Administration | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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