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Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education

  • Katerina Plakitsi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Katerina Plakitsi, Eleni Kolokouri, Eftychia Nanni, Efthymis Stamoulis, Xarikleia Theodoraki
    Pages 83-110
  3. Xarikleia Theodoraki, Katerina Plakitsi
    Pages 159-195
  4. Eleni Kolokouri, Katerina Plakitsi
    Pages 197-228
  5. Eftychia Nanni, Katerina Plakitsi
    Pages 229-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-253

About this book


The purpose of this book is to establish a broader context for rethinking science learning and teaching by using cultural historical activity theoretic approach. Activity theory already steps in its third generation and only a few works have been done on its applications to science education, especially in Europe. The context takes into account more recent developments in activity theory applications in US, Canada, Australia and Europe. The chapters articulate new ways of thinking about learning and teaching science i.e., new theoretical perspectives and some case studies of teaching important scientific topics in/for compulsory education. The ultimate purpose of each chapter and the collective book as a whole is to prepare the ground upon which a new pedagogy in science education can be emerged to provide more encompassing theoretical frameworks that allow us to capture the complexity of science learning and teaching as it occurs in and out-of schools. The book captures the dialogic and interactive nature of the transferring the activity theory to both formal and informal science education. It also contributes to the development of innovative curricula, school science textbooks, educational programs and ICT’s materials. As a whole, the book moves theorizing and practicing of science education into new face and uncharted terrain. It is recommended to new scholars and researchers as well as teachers/researchers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Katerina Plakitsi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IoanninaGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education
  • Editors Katerina Plakitsi
  • Series Title Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Science Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers 2013
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6091-317-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 253
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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