Activity Theory in Educational Research: Asian Perspectives

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Principal Investigator
Professor Edmond Law
Research Fellow of APCLC, The Education University of Hong Kong
Professor Katsuhiro Yamazumi
Funding Source
Departmental Research Fund, EdUHK and Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University Osaka Japan
( 2010-12)


Activity Theory has been originated from Vygotskian models of human development and learning. It has been applied in inter disciplinary studies in many countries in the world. The application of the theory has found its home in the initial stage in countries like Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. The aim of this study is to conduct field work in one elementary school and one junior high school in Japan


To investigate school based development practices and activities in teacher leadership in Japanese schools;
To apply activity theory in the studies of educational research in Osaka Japan;
To contribute to the discussion in international journals about school based curriculum practices and innovations from another perspective


Book Chapters

Law, E.H.F. (2010). Space for Teacher Learning: A Case Study on Developing Teacher Curriculum Leadership in Hong Kong. In Katsuhiro Yamazumi (ed.). Activity Theory and Fostering Learning: Developmental Interventions in Education and Work, Japan: Center for Human Activity Theory Kansai University, pp. 87-110.

Law, H.F.E. (2013). Initiating change and innovations. In C. Marsh & J.C.K. Lee, Asia's High Performing Education Systems, Routledge.

Conference Paper

Law, E.H.F. (2012). Activity-Theoretical Approach to Educational Change in Japan. Paper Presentation at the Third meeting of the 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australia Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) in November 2012, Australia.

Refereed Journal

Law, E.H.F. (Submitted for review). Developing curriculum leadership among teachers for school-based curriculum innovations in Hong Kong: a distributed and problem solving approach. Journal of Curriculum Studies.