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A case study analysis of a constructionist knowledge building community with activity theory

Ang, C.S., Zaphiris, P. and Wilson, S. (2011). A case study analysis of a constructionist knowledge building community with activity theory. Behaviour and Information Technology, 30(5), pp. 537-554. doi: 10.1080/0144929X.2010.490921

Abstract

This article investigates how activity theory can help research a constructionist community. We present a constructionist activity model called CONstructionism Through ACtivity Theory (CONTACT) model and explain how it can be used to analyse the constructionist activity in knowledge building communities. We then illustrate the model through its application to analysing the Wiki-supported community associated with a computer game. Our analysis focuses mainly on two perspectives: individual and collective actions, as well as individual and collective mediations. Experiences and challenges from the analysis are reported to demonstrate how CONTACT is helpful in analysing such communities.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Behaviour and Information Technology on 23 Sep 2010, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0144929X.2010.490921
Publisher Keywords: activity theory, constructionism, game community, knowledge building, Wiki
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/11767
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