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Using activity theory and its principle of contradictions to guide research in educational technology
This paper describes how activity theory (AT) and its principle of contradictions may be relied on to guide research in educational technology. The paper begins with a theoretical overview of AT and… Expand
Rapport in distance education
Rapport has been recognized as important in learning in general but little is known about its importance in distance education (DE). The study we report on in this paper provides insights into the… Expand
Asynchronous and synchronous online teaching: Perspectives of Canadian high school distance education teachers
- E. Murphy, María A. Rodríguez-Manzanares, M. Barbour
- Computer Science
- Br. J. Educ. Technol.
- 1 July 2011
This paper presents the results of an inductive, interpretive analysis of the perspectives of 42 Canadian high school distance education (DE) teachers on asynchronous and synchronous online teaching. Expand
Teachers' Perspectives on Motivation in High-School Distance Education.
Motivation in distance education (DE) has been studied mostly at the postsecondary level with few studies having been conducted at the high-school level. This paper breaks with this tradition by… Expand
Contradictions between the virtual and physical high school classroom: A third-generation Activity Theory perspective
- Elizabeth Murphy, María A. Rodríguez-Manzanares
- Psychology, Computer Science
- Br. J. Educ. Technol.
- 1 November 2008
The absence in the virtual classroom of body language and visual presence as mediators requires e-teachers to find new ways of interacting and building rapport and necessitates a shift from a practice of controlling to engaging students’ attention. Expand
Revisiting Transactional Distance Theory in a Context of Web-Based High-School Distance Education
The purpose of this paper is to report on a study that provided an opportunity to consider Transactional Distance Theory (TDT) in a current technology context of web-based learning in distance… Expand
Activity Theory Perspectives on Technology in Higher Education
where she teaches courses in the Masters of Information Technology in Education program as well as undergraduate courses in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) integration and in… Expand
Reading Between the Lines: Understanding the role of latent content in the analysis of online asynchronous discussions
This paper reports on an exploratory case study related to analysis of an OAD (online asynchronous discussion) that focuses both on manifest content and latent content. The purpose of the study was… Expand
Sage without a Stage: Expanding the Object of Teaching in a Web-Based, High-School Classroom
This paper reports on a study that uses cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) to make sense of e-teachers’ activity in a context of high-school distance education. Data collection involved… Expand
Learner Centredness in High School Distance Learning: Teachers' Perspectives and Research Validated Principles
This paper reports on a study that examined teachers' perspectives on learner centredness in a distance learning context. Data collection relied on semi-structured interviews conducted with 42… Expand