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activity theory

Definition of Activity Theory

(nounTheory asserting that to feel satisfied and enjoy their lives, elderly individuals must stay engaged to maintain meaningful activities and replace roles or statuses lost due to age.

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Syllabification: ac·tiv·i·ty the·o·ry

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ak-tIv-uh-tee thEE-uhr-ree/
  • British English – /ak-tIv-i-tee thIUH-ree/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ækˈtɪvəti ˈθɪəri/
  • British English – /ækˈtɪvɪti ˈθɪəri/

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Cite the Definition of Activity Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “activity theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

activity theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “activity theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“activity theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/activity-theory/>.