Sociocultural Activity Theory

We welcome researchers from all fields of education and social science who are interested in using and advancing our understanding of human activity using the powerful theoretical tools derived from Vygotsky and the community of scholars that have arisen from this tradition. We have members who work in social justice, STEM education, emotion, early childhood education, teacher education, organisational studies, motivation and learning, gender studies, workplace change and transformation, practice theory, philosophy, assessment and technology. This SIG has a strong relationship with the International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research (ISCAR).


Strengthen and deepen the research and scholarship in Sociocultural/Cultural Historical Activity Research (CHAR), through

  • improving communication between scholars and researchers both face-to-face and technologically mediated;
  • facilitating collaboration between Australian, New Zealand and Asia Pacific scholars both in research, conference presentation and publishing;
  • developing a culture of theoretical and empirical research in Vygotsky and his legacy and cultural historical theories;
  • increasing the formal and informal membership of the SIG and continue to nurture the growth of a CHAR community;
  • improving quality and quantity of CHAR papers, symposia and publications in the Asia Pacific region; and
  • providing support and mentorship for HDR students and early career researchers.

Research interests:

Research interests are diverse including investigations of :

  • educational practice,
  • child development,
  • language,
  • use of technology,
  • philosophy.  

Members in the SAT SIG are bound together by our use of a wide range of theory and practice which has developed out of the work of Vygotsky and his colleagues. Our stance is that learning is a social activity and needs to be understood as a relationship between thought and feeling and human activity mediated by tools, signs and community. It is shaped by our individual and collective history and cultural experience. We study how we intentionally transform our natural and social reality.