Activity theory (sometimes known as Cultural Historical Activity Theory, or CHAT) is an established theory widely used in technology enhanced learning research, as well as many other fields of enquiry. A mature theory yet still under active development, it foregrounds the role of ‘technologies’ as being central to everything that humans do. Activity theory is often valued for its ability to grasp the dynamics of complex social situations and place phenomena in context, yet its dense terminology and long history of debate can seem unforgiving for newcomers. This special issue considers the use of activity theory within technology enhanced learning research, collecting together a range of papers describing research endeavours that use activity theory to understand how social and cultural contexts are crucial for how technology is used in practice.
The special issue is being edited by Brett Bligh, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom, and Philip Moffitt, Professional Engineering Wing, The Royal School of Military Engineering, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, United Kingdom.
The issue is currently in progress. As papers from this issue are gradually released, they will be listed below. These papers have in press status (sometimes called online-ahead-of-print). They have been accepted after peer review and can be cited using their DOI number, but they do not yet have citable page numbers.