Campus Units

English

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2009

Journal or Book Title

Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory

First Page

40

Last Page

52

Abstract

Documents largely organize the activity of the modern world and - a forteriori - the postmodern world, with its reliance on hypertextual networks. Writing is arguably the most powerful mediational means for organizations and institutions, and writing-in-use in organizations has become an object of research in the past 25 years in North America, with applications in a number of fields, primarily organizational (business, technical, and scientific) communication and education (Bazerman & Russell, 2003). In these fields, analysis of writing-in-use is often crucial for planning interventions to improve students' literacy, at all levels, or to improve organizations' communication, through document design and document management, or what has come to be called information design and information management.

Comments

This chapter is published as Russell, David R. “Uses of activity theory in written communication research.” In Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory. Sannino, A., Daniels, H., & Gutierrez, K. (eds.): 40-52. Cambridge University Press, 2009. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Cambridge University Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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