Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

James Purkis

Proposed title

A study of the interrelationship between school and out-of-school uses of digital technology for collaboration by Australian secondary school students using activity theory

Summary

My research project examines the way students use digital technology for collaboration in both school and out-of-school contexts. It will focus on secondary students in Australia and use Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) as a theoretical framework for analysis. The project will involve observing students in a particular class for 4 to 6 weeks as well as interviewing them both at school and outside of school. Interviews will also be held with the classroom teacher and parents in order to get a broader picture of the students' activities. CHAT will be used to describe the activities of the students using digital technology and furthermore, this theory will help identify contradictions and tensions within these activities. Consequently, the project aims to clearly identify current student practices as well as ways in which school and out-of-school environments can be improved to aid student collaboration using digital technology. Overall, this project aims to improve our understanding of the way students use digital technology and improve policies around the use of digital technology both inside school and out-of-school.

Why I chose CSU

I completed a Masters of Teaching English as a Second Other Language (MTESOL) through distance education at CSU and after completing a Graduate Certificate of Educational Research I decided to extend my study into a PhD.

Engagement and memberships

PhD Scholar, Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE)

Research Assistant, uImagine Digital Learning Innovation Laboratory, Division of Student Learning, CSU 

Citations

Purkis, J. (2016, July). Problematic activity in educational research. Paper presented at the Australian Consortium for Social & Political Research Inc. (ASCPRI). Social Science Methodology Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Purkis, J. S. (2016). Problematic activity in educational research. In ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2016: Social science in Australia: 40 years on (pp. 113–121). Sydney, Australia: the Australian Consortium for Social & Political Research Inc. (ASCPRI).

Purkis, J. (2016, November/December). Using activity theory to map a teenager's use of digital technology at home and school. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Purkis, J. (2016, November/December). Misuse of Web 2.0 digital technologies in the classroom. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Purkis, J. S. (2016, December). The unexpectedly fascinating 'perfunctory and unspectacular' use of digital technology by teenagers. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)/ International Society for Cultural historical Activity Research (ISCAR) symposium, Melbourne, Australia.