Rethinking distance learning activities: a comparison of transactional distance theory and activity theory

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Show simple item record Kang, Haijun Gyorke, Allan S. 2011-10-18T19:49:48Z 2011-10-18T19:49:48Z 2011-10-18
dc.description.abstract Despite its invaluable guidance to distance education development, transactional distance (TD) theory is not seamlessly synchronised with current field practice and lacks a social component. After it has provided over 30 years of guidance, there is now a need to re-appraise TD’s propositions about distance learning activities. The social–cultural aspects of the distance learner need to be highlighted because social learning is prominent in today’s practice. To address this concern, we compared TD with a social science theory – cultural–historical activity theory. This cultural–historical activity theory provides a different lens for us to explore distance learning activities – a social lens. We compare the major concepts of the two theories and illustrate some areas of compatibility. We explore the contradictions that arise from the collision of these two theories and recommend future directions for research. en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in: Kang, H. & Gyorke. A. (2008). Rethinking distance learning activities: A comparison of transactional distance theory and activity theory. Open Learning, 23(3), 203–214. Open Learning is available online at: with the URL of article which would be the following address: en_US
dc.subject Transactional distance en_US
dc.subject Interaction en_US
dc.subject Activity theory en_US
dc.subject Mediation en_US
dc.subject Artefact activity en_US
dc.title Rethinking distance learning activities: a comparison of transactional distance theory and activity theory en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2008 en_US
dc.citation.doi DOI:10.1080/02680510802420050 en_US
dc.citation.epage 214 en_US
dc.citation.issue 3 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Open Learning en_US
dc.citation.spage 203 en_US
dc.citation.volume 23 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid hjkang en_US

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