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Title: “Vygotsky’s neglected legacy”: Cultural-historical activity theory
Authors: Roth, Wolff-Michael
Lee, Yew Jin
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Roth, W.-M., Lee, Y. J. (2007). “Vygotsky’s neglected legacy”: Cultural-historical activity theory. Review of Educational Research, 77(2), 186-232.
Abstract: We describe an evolving theoretical framework that has been called one of the best-kept secrets of academia: cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) is the result of proposals Lev Vygotsky first articulated, but which his students and followers substantially developed to constitute much expanded forms in its second and third generation. Besides showing that activity theory transforms how research should proceed regarding language, language learning, and literacy in particular, we demonstrate how it is a theory for praxis, thereby offering the potential to overcome some of the most profound problems that has plagued both educational theorizing and practice.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Review of Educational Research. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0034-6543 (print)
1935-1046 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.3102/0034654306298273
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