A Revision of Activity Theory to Foster Communicative Twenty-first-century Skills

By Soraya García-Sánchez and Nicholas Burbules.

Published by The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: June 23, 2017 $US5.00

Based on activity theory (AT), this article focuses on a review of supportive learning environments that promote successful communication skills. We are living in a period of transformation in education, and our conception of learning outcomes must keep pace with technological advances. Today’s citizens must effectively communicate in written or oral forms. Effective communication implies other integrated abilities, including autonomy, critical thinking, interaction, and creativity. It also encompasses many of the principal competencies learners should be able to perform in any field. The findings of this revision suggest implementing four key twenty-first-century skills so that the higher-education learner is able to successfully work both independently and collaboratively—and this too requires adequate skills in social networking and communication.

Keywords: Activity Theory, Collaborative Learning, Communication, Ubiquitous Learning

The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, Volume 24, 2017, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 23, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 541.649KB)).

Dr. Soraya García-Sánchez

Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Prof. Nicholas Burbules

Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA