Having missed the 2.4 class on analysing development from interaction, I’m so glad to be able to share some reflexions on this fascinating subject. Is development possible without interaction? Human beings act on the world around them and at the same time they are affected by the world around them. Russel (Russel, 2001) writes: ‘Activity theory assumes that ‘individuals are active agents in their own development but do not act in settings entirely of their own choosing’ (Cole, 1996, p. 104).’
Notes on development:
“We still look at economic issues separately from social or environmental questions despite all the efforts to integrate them,” explained Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl in his keynote address on the conference theme. Dr. Dahl, President of the International Environmental Forum and retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Program, called for a transformation of environments from the inside out, a theme that emerged in other presentations. …
‘Development is a class focus of Vygotskian cultural-historical research. On the other hand, development is curiously absent in many recent ethnographic and interactionist approaches to the study of human practices. … But if we keep development out of our studies of work and other collaborative practices, we will have little to offer in dialogues with practitioners and users who are trying to make their lives better.’ (Engeström, 2006, p. 1)
Wikipedia comes up with an interesting domain that looks promosing and I hope to find out more about it.
Development theory is a conglomeration of theories about how desirable change in society is best to be achieved. Such theories draw on a variety of social scientific disciplines and approaches http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_theory .
Cole, M. (1996). Cultural Psychology. Harvard University Press.
Engeström, Y. (2006). Development, Movement and Agency: Breaking away into Mycorrhizae Activities. Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsink, Finland.
Russel, D. R. (2001). Understanding Distributed Learning (p. 61-82). London: Routledge: Mary Lea.