Activity theory and human-computer interaction / Nardi (1996)
Citation - Nardi, B. A. (1996). Activity theory and human-computer interaction. In B. A. Nardi (Ed.), Context and consciousness: Activity theory and human-computer interaction (pp. 7-16).
Keyword - Activity theory
Ativity theory is
- a powerful and clarifying descriptive tool rather than a strongly predictive theory.
The object of AT is
- to understand the unity of consciousness and activity.
- to understand the interpenetration of the individual, other people, and artifacts in everyday activity.
(in AT) Consciousness is
- not a set of discrete disembodied cognitive acts (decision making, classification,
- not the brain;
- located in everyday practice: you are what you do.
(in AT) Action (what you do) is
- firmly and inextricably embedded in the social matrix of which every person is an organic part.
(in AT) social matrix is
- composed of people and artifacts.
- Artifacts: may be physical tools or sign systems such as human language.
- emphasizes naturalistic study, culture, and history.
mediation: all human experience is shaped by the tools and sign systems we use.
HCI & consciousness: