To Improve the Academy
Place of Publication
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.
Faculty development, workplace culture, activity theory
Gail A. Rathbun, Sally Kuhlenschmidt, and David Sacks (2013).
Envisioning Creative Collaboration Between Faculty and Technologists. To Improve the Academy.32, 21-38. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.