Activity theory as a theoretical framework for research of telecollaborative partnerships in foreign language teaching Andreas Müller-Hartmann Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg EUROCALL CMC SIG EVENT: Researching Computer Mediated Communication in Foreign Language Education: Issues and Methods Universidad de León (April 23rd -25th, 2009)
The subject or subject collective “is an individual or subgroup whose agency is, in the emic sense, the perspective or point of view of the analysis. The object describes the orientation (and with that the motivation) of the activity” (Thorne 2004: 57).
“ An activity (…) comprises the behaviour that is actually produced when an individual (or group) performs a task. It is the process, as well as the outcome, of a task, examined in its sociocultural context.” (Coughlan & Duff 1994: 175).
“ Methodological triangulation can help to reduce the inherent weaknesses of individual methods by offsetting them by the strength of another, thereby maximizing both the internal and external validity of research“ (Denzin 1978; in Dörnyei 2007: 43-44).