Boundary Crossings: An Activity Theoretical Analysis of Technology Diffusion in a Teacher Education Program
Lisa Peruski, Punya Mishra, Cheryl Rosaen, Matthew Koehler, Michigan State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Technology diffusion refers to the process of spreading a program of technology use across/throughout an organization, program, etc. We used activity theory to frame the research design and analysis of a qualitative study with the goal of understanding the activity of technology diffusion across a large teacher preparation (TE) program. This study explored the boundary crossing collaborative activities of a diverse group of individuals as they set their goals, encountered contradictions, and created innovations directed toward preparing teachers to use technology to address authentic problems of practice in flexible ways. The results showed that participant's activity changed collaborative and communication structures in the College of Education (COE), as well as institutionalized some innovations. We also discuss the usefulness of activity theory as a model to frame research and analysis because application of the model at the beginning stages of work could help participants to anticipate and prepare for contradictions in advance.
Peruski, L., Mishra, P., Rosaen, C. & Koehler, M. (2007). Boundary Crossings: An Activity Theoretical Analysis of Technology Diffusion in a Teacher Education Program. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1647-1653). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).